Posted by: David Harley | October 28, 2010

419, not 911: the Lagos Branch of the FBI

An interesting article just popped up from the Register: 419ers threaten terrorism charges. It appears that a 419 gang has managed to combine an appeal to greed

“the sum of $10.5 million united states dollars were transferred from the central bank of Nigeria to the bank of America here in the united states, bearing your name as the beneficiary”

with a threat of arrest

“You have just only 72 hours to prove to us you are not a terrorist, failure to comply with our instruction, you will be arrested and detained until this matter is settled. Meanwhile we have your full contact address which makes it easier for us to arrest you when ever we want to.”

Ludicrous though the proposition seems in the cold light of day, I can imagine this particular mixture of the stick and carrot being quite effective in some cases, not least given the impressive range of law enforcement and other agencies in the CC list – some of which may even exist. 😦

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
ESET Senior Research Fellow
Mac Virus Administrator
Small Blue-Green World

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