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Its about time Nigerian scammers get caught … what about those sending Nigerian 419 scams?

This is not a normal occurrence where Nigeria is in the news for an arrest. We all know about the Nigeria letter or 419 scam FBI: Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud) from the 90s and even in to the millennium. I’ve even seen it as of more recent the last two years.

The most recent was someone who folowed me on twitter. They asked me to email them at a specified address. When I did, I got this sob story on how they were in a military family and that there was a large amount of money I needed to be intrusted in and I would get a percentage.

I responded that this was a scam and that I wasn’t interested.

This is only one story of many that lots of people may have seen through the last 20 years. In fact, the Nigerian 419 scam has even been used as faxed to people or even sent in the mail as paper mail.

I learned about this scam through a site that no longer exists that was called about.com which was a guide site. They had a guide for scams and I subscribed to it and found it quite interesting. I’m sorry that site is gone.

In the most recent article I read about Nigeria and their crimes, we’re learning that there have been email scammers that have been busted for fraud from 50,000 victims.

You’re thinking what about all those scammers who took all those millions from people when they sent letters in the mail, faxed or later emailed? Sadly, I have not heard or recollect hearing any story saying any of those people were picked up.

Here is my response to this person after they contacted me on twitter and I reluctantly emailed them after I had some reserve. Later, their twitter account became disabled … I wonder why?

(website) So I like you to keep it to yourself as a secret and not tell anyone because I’m afraid of losing my life and the money if people know about it.

Remember I am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you. I like honest people and understanding, true and people who have vision, and God fearing person worker. My favorite language is English and I speak very fluent English.

I can trust you as a true friend?

Meanwhile I would like you to call me, like I said, I have much to tell you ..
Have a nice day and think about my condition here
Attached here is my pictures for you,

Awaiting to hear from you soonest
Thanks and remain blessed.
with love. Lovely your claribel

“This group was running a well-established criminal business model,” said Craig Jones, Interpol’s cybercrime director. “From infiltration to cashing in,
they used a multitude of tools and techniques to generate maximum profits.”

The gang, dubbed TMT, is divided into numerous subgroups, according to Vesta Matveeva, head of Group-IB’s APAC Cyber Investigations Team. The three suspects
arrested in Lagos tallied 50,000 victims in government and industry, the company said. Matveeva said via email that TMT overall might have compromised
more than 500,000 victims since 2017.

What about those that did Nigerian 419? While this was more elaborate than the 419, we must remember those people who don’t understand that the above letter I got was in fact a scam, let alone the new forms of attacks which include the business email compromise and of course the ransomware attacks of today.

As discussed in the article, this TMT group is specialized in business email compromise attacks, which is very much more sophistocated than the above email asking for your safekeeping of money if only you send “x” amount of money as a fee.

Business email compromise happens because they appear to be trusted and contact you for authentic money transfers. I’d say that the Nigerian 419 scam is similar, as you’re sending money as a fee to claim the millions promised, and the BEC and that yields no win for you.

The Internet complaint center ran by the FBI had complaints of $1.7 billion in losses in 2019 alone.What aboug those losses dealing with Nigerian 419? We’ve not picked up any of those miscreants yet as far as I’m aware.

The article goes on to talk about what this gang does including deploying phishing campaigns and relies on spyware and other bad apps and decoys that they can use.

To read Tim Stark’s excellent write up on the gang and what they’re up to, the several that have been arrested, and find links to different things like the reported 1.7 billion dollars lost in 2019 alone, why not check out the article Accused email scammers busted in Nigeria for alleged fraud against 50,000 victims for yourself and lets see how we can work together to take these people down!

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Its about time Nigerian scammers get caught … what about those sending Nigerian 419 scams? was released on November 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm by tech in article commentary.
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