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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars. Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison today, with associates Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, getting 115 years and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, getting …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2017

Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

A lonely beancounter has been jailed after he fell for what appears to be a classic Nigerian email scam, and conned £150,000 out of a friend so he could bankroll his fake damsel in distress. Brian Ridpath, of Willesborough, Kent, England, was fooled into believing the story of Lisa Johnson, who emailed him X-rated snaps and …

Nigerian cops cuff cybercrime suspect, reveal you don't need 419 to make $60m

Police in Nigeria have arrested the suspected mastermind of a web of cybercrime scams thought to have cost victims worldwide more than $60m. The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known so far only as "Mike", was arrested in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission. The main two types …
John Leyden, 1 Aug 2016

Nigerian government site popped, used for phishing scam

Malfeasants have embedded a phishing scam inside the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria's web site. The Council is legit: it's Nigeria's accounting standards and corporate governance oversight organisation. That role, says Netcraft, doesn't make it a wizard at information security, because someone's found their way in to …

Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

The eXpat Files Jo Crawshaw is a 28-year-old woman who hails from “just outside the concrete jungle that is Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire”. These days you'll find her all over Africa, because her work for Opera Software means her gig is all about chatting to the continent's carriers. That job's taken her into some pretty confronting …
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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

If you get an email from a hapless Nigerian prince who needs a hand shifting a few million dollars, the message will no doubt wing its way into your spam folder. But should you get a plea for help from a Nigerian sysadmin, you may want to take a second look: the Nigerian government's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( …
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2014
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AT&T profiting from Nigerian scammers, DoJ charges

AT&T can't catch a break from the US government. First the feds squashed Big Phone's proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, and now the Department of Justice has slapped a suit on the company for alleged improper billing for services intended for use by the deaf and hard of hearing. The service in question is IP …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012
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Drug cops log Nigerian star's 24 bowel movements

Nigerian authorities have been forced to release an actor they suspected of drug smuggling after he produced no less than 24 narco-free bowel movements. Babatunde Omidina, better known in Nollywood circles as Baba Suwe, was nabbed at Lagos airport last month by officers from Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. …
Team Register, 7 Nov 2011

Nigerians panic over killer calls

The Nigerian public has been reassured by authorities that answering a phone call cannot cause death, after widespread rumours raised concern. According to viral text messages, a number of people had died when answering the phone to the ID 09141, BBC News reports. The Nigerian Communications Commission issued the reassurance …
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011
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Nigeria fails to enact cyber crime laws

Nigeria has failed to pass broad-ranging laws against cybercrime. A collection of six laws put before the country's parliament last month would have outlawed many forms of internet misuse, including spamming, online ID theft, and buying goods online using stolen credit card details. All remain permissible in Nigeria, whose …
John Leyden, 1 Apr 2011
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UK border police seize £500k from Nigerians' hand luggage

The UK's border police were patting themselves on the back today after seizing over half a million quid in cash from the hand luggage of two Nigerian men at Heathrow Airport. Border Agency officers discovered the cash as the men tried to enter the UK through Heathrow last week, after flying in from Paris. The men said the …
Joe Fay, 26 Oct 2010
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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

Security officials at Nigerian airports are using perv scanners to ogle female passengers "for fun", according to a report from This Day. The 3D body imaging kit - installed in the wake of the Xmas Day Farouk AbdulMutallab (non-) exploding underpants outrage - protects the identity of the scanee by blurring the face. However …
Lester Haines, 29 Sep 2010
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Shell hit by massive data breach

Shell has been hit by a massive data breach - the contact database for 176,000 staff and contractors at the firm has been copied and forwarded to lobbyists and activists opposed to the company. John Donovan, an activist who received the database, said he had voluntarily destroyed the files. But he warned that other copies were …
John Oates, 15 Feb 2010
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Operation Eagle Claw nets 18 Nigerian spammers

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is promising to push the country out of the top ten for fraudulent emails thanks to arrests and proactive action to scan all emails. So far "Operation Eagle Claw" has seen members of 18 syndicates arrested and 800 scam websites shut down. The success was revealed by chairman …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2009
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Lads from Lagos cut off

The lads from Lagos, and lots of other more deserving folk, have lost all internet access, thanks to the failure of a submarine cable linking West Africa to Spain and Portugal. Reports suggest Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Togo have all lost connections. Telcos are trying to find alternative routes, such as satellite links, but …
John Oates, 30 Jul 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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Nigerian car thief turns into sheep

We're not quite sure what to make of this report in Nigeria's Vanguard, but it appears that police in Ilorin, Kwara State, are holding in custody a chap who tried to steal a Mazda, transformed himself into a sheep and was seized by vigilantes in a swift ovine suppression operation. The paper sort of explains that the head of …
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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Ballmerized Nigerian PCs might run Mandriva after all

Those Nigerian PCs might run Mandriva after all. Last week, Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon sent an open letter to his counterpart at Microsoft, claiming that Steve Ballmer had somehow convinced the Nigerian government to slap Windows on 17,000 machines already loaded with Mandriva Linux. The Paris-based Linux-vendor had …
Cade Metz, 9 Nov 2007

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