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Nigerian "Scam Police" Shut Down 800 Web Sites 200

Sooner Boomer writes "Nigerian police, in what is named Operation 'Eagle Claw,' have shut down 800 scam web sites and arrested members of 18 syndicates behind the fraudulent scam sites. Reports on Breitbart.com and Pointblank give details on the busts. The investigation was done in cooperation with Microsoft to help develop smart technology software capable of detecting fraudulent emails. From Breitbart: 'When operating at full capacity, within the next six months, the scheme, dubbed "Eagle Claw," should be able to forewarn around a quarter of million potential victims.'"
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Nigerian "Scam Police" Shut Down 800 Web Sites

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  • by Artraze ( 600366 ) on Thursday October 22, 2009 @10:49PM (#29842437)

    Of course scams won't go away. But even if we accept that, should we just allow scams to continue unchecked? At least arresting scammers helps raise the "price" of the operation...

    Also, for what it's worth, being scammed isn't about stupidity. The (Ponzi) scams that have been in the news tricked people whose sole area of expertise was investing, and they did it quite well (they had the millions to put in to these after all). Granted, dumb/ignorant people are easier targets, but they also don't generally yield as much per person (see pervious).

  • 800 Web Sites ? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Zedrick ( 764028 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:38AM (#29843457)
    This doesn't make any sense at all. The second article says it's 800 email addresses, not websites. I doubt the scammers has many websites hosted in Nigeria, if needed they usually set up accounts on European webhotels where neither Nigeria nor the Microsoft Empire has any form of jurisdiction.

    In other words: 800 email addresses somehow shut down. Wow. I bet it will be really hard for new scammers to open new accounts on gmail or yahoo.hk, or set up a new somescammingbank.co.uk at some cheap webhotel using fake names.
  • Re:In other news... (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 23, 2009 @05:25AM (#29843819)
    Bloody hell, It's not your language, it is called ENGLISH for a very good reason. One that obviously escapes you, undoubtedly due to a lack of IQ points! Some halfwit moderator even gave you INSIGHTFUL, possibly out of pity, but probably because his IQ is similar to yours!
  • by Hurricane78 ( 562437 ) <deleted&slashdot,org> on Friday October 23, 2009 @06:29AM (#29844061)

    I think you would fit in well with this group: http://www.419eater.com/ [419eater.com] ^^

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