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Scam, scam, scam: Nigerians on the Internet

Date: September 04, 2007

Nigerian fraudsters have tried to besmirch the name of one of the pillars of the country's constitutional democracy, the very institution charged with rooting out fraud and corruption in government.

Auditor-general Terence Nombembe had to distance himself yesterday from a 419 internet scam originating in Nigeria and using his name fraudulently.

The 419 scam typically involves fraudulent e-mail letters supposedly from prominent people claiming to need help to access funds. Targeted victims are usually asked to supply their bank details. But instead of benefiting from a fat commission for facilitating the transaction, the victims find their financial resources considerably depleted.

In the latest elaborate version, "Nombembe" asks for assistance to divert $8,5m of South African government money representing its debt to Chili &Co CEO Williams Michael, who allegedly died in car accident in Iraq and so cannot claim the money.
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