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Phishing Arrests: Crime Does Not Pay, This Time

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Greed, selfishness and crime are still with us. Recently the Spanish police broke up a Nigerian “phishing” gang, which has conned more than 20,000 people over the internet.

The Foreign Ministry in Madrid announced that more than 300 Nigerians have been arrested in the last few months. The gang made millions of euros through fraudulent lotteries on the internet, whereby people pay a fee for the chance to win a prize that did not exist.

No one knows how the gang gets the addresses of their victims, to whom they send false winning notifications. They then demand large sums of money from the victims a “as processing fee” which would enable them to deposit the money into their accounts.

Most victims of the fraudulent acts are from Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. About four hundred members of the Spanish Police Force have been investigating on this case for two years prior to the arrests.

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