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Oct 29 2009   1:16AM GMT

18 Nigerian Spammers Headed for the Slammer

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says that their “Operation Eagle Claw” has so far seen members of 18 syndicates arrested and 800 scam websites shut down. The chairman of the anti-scam force, Mrs. Farida Waziri said:

We expect that Eagle Claw as conceived will be 100% operational within six months and at full capacity, it will take Nigeria out of the top 10 list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent e-mails.

At the moment, Eagle Claw has delivered the following results:

Over 800 fraudulent e-mail addresses have been identified and shut down. The EFCC is fine tuning security modalities with Microsoft and upon full deployment, the capacity to take down fraudulent e-mails will increase to 5,000 monthly. Further it is projected that advisory mails to be sent to victims and potential victims will be about 230,000 monthly.

There have been 18 arrests of high profile syndicates operating cyber crime organizations.

When it [Eagle Claw] is fully deployed, it will afford the EFCC the option of either monitoring or shutting down all fraudulent email addresses. The EFCC would also have identified victims and potential victims and advised them that their email has been compromised.

Does this mean we won’t be getting anymore of those touchy-feely emails from Mrs. Farzad Arubi (or whatever bogus names they use these days) who really needs our help to move a million dollars from her late (murdered) husband’s estate?

Not likely, but it’s good see some of the perpetrators taking it on the chin.

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