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Lad from Lagos makes YouTube pitch

Fans of the Lads from Lagos will enjoy this Friday piece of silliness: a classic 419 pitch from one Prince Obi Matumbe Akumbe, who's ditched the traditional email and decided to lay out his stall on YouTube: Good stuff. Anyone interested in taking up Prince Obi's tempting offer should get in touch via, of course, his …
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2009
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Lad from Lagos bids $100 trillion for Madoff empire

Fans of the Lads from Lagos will be delighted to learn that one Ade O. Ogunjobi has made an audacious bid for the remains of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC - pitching no less than $100 trillion in stock or 400,000,000 shares in order to establish the world's biggest bank "to fight global poverty and now to address …
Lester Haines, 26 May 2009
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€25k for an old Nokia handset?

Scammers are reportedly prepared to pay €25,000 for German Nokia 1100 handsets, on the basis that they can be reprogrammed to intercept SMS messages and thus crack banking security. The claim comes from Ultrascan, a security association that generally follows up 419 scams and ID theft. Ultrascan tells us it was approached by …
Bill Ray, 21 Apr 2009
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'World's Worst Banker' joins Lads from Lagos

Spare if you will this morning a thought for Sir Frederick Anderson Goodwin, aka "Fred the Shred", and former big swinging dick down at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Since Fred's fall from grace, precipitated by the collapse of RBS, the UK media has expended billions of column inches insisting he be stripped of his knighthood …
Lester Haines, 6 Mar 2009
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Romeo 419ers take Canadian women for $300k

Nigerian fraudsters have relieved a number of Edmonton women of a total of $300,000 in what the local Sun describes as "an online dating scam". One unnamed middle-aged divorcee - who admitted to losing "a lot" of money - was baited last September by a text message purportedly from a US businessman buying antiques in Nigeria. …
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2009
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Texas lawyer sues Citibank over fake cheque scam

A Houston lawyer is suing Citibank after being taken for $182,500 by email scammers claiming to be a debt-chasing Japanese company, Texas Lawyer reports. Richard T Howell Jr, of Buckley, White, Castaneda & Howell, fell for a classic cheque fraud scam. His "Japanese" contacts claimed they were pursuing four outstanding debts in …
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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419ers take Canadian for $150,000

A Canadian man who fell for a 419 scam was taken for $150,000 by advance fee fraudsters who conducted a textbook operation to fleece their victim. John Rempel of Leamington, Ontario, got an email back in 2007 from "someone claiming to be a lawyer with a client named David Rempel who died in a 2005 bomb attack in London", the …
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2009
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419ers crank up the menaces

You know how it is - things are a bit quiet in the internet cafes of Lagos, people have sussed MARIAM ABACHA doesn't really have $30,000,000 (THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS) in gold bullion looted from Saddam Hussein's personal vault, and so it looks like it's time to up the email scam ante. Well, what about trying a line of attack …
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2008
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Chinese 419er punts a whopping $8

We're much obliged to Dave Appleby for sharing with us the following once-in-a-lifetime offer from the Lads from Lagos: Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2008 21:13:57 +0200 From: Subject: Att To: undisclosed-recipients I am peter-wong from Bank hang seng hong kong, I have a late client funds of $8 USD in my bank and …
Lester Haines, 9 Jun 2008
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Dutch police arrest 111 West Africans in 419 clampdown

Dutch police have arrested 111 suspected 419 scammers. The arrests on Saturday follow the end of a seven-month investigation - dubbed Operation Apollo, AFP reports. Eight of those detained were carrying false papers. Many others among the group of West African (mainly Nigerian) suspects are reckoned to have entered the …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2007

Another 419 scam ring nicked

Amsterdam police this week arrested another 419 cell and confiscated computers, fake travel documents, and bogus banking documents. The five suspects are being held pending extradition to the US, where they could face up to 20 years in prison. The fraudsters in this scheme allegedly fleeced hundreds of victims from the US, …
Jan Libbenga, 25 Apr 2007
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FBI: Internet crime pays

Cyber-crime is alive and kicking in the USA, and playfully swimming through its riches like Scrooge McDuck in a money vault, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report reveals today. In 2006 US consumers filed 207,492 complaints about internet crime and reported record losses of $198.4m. Online auction fraud, such …
Austin Modine, 19 Mar 2007
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Anatomy of a 419 scam

Exclusive Regular readers will be familiar with our ongoing coverage of variations on the 419 advance fee fraud scam. Occasionally, we report on people who have been suckered by the promise of riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice - and duly fleeced for their trouble. Two oft-posed question from readers are "how could they be so …
Team Register, 9 Jul 2004

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