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West African advanced fee fraud

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How they find victims

How do they get details of the recipients?

Using any source available! Telephone directories, Yellow pages, White pages and Trade directories are the most common methods followed by stolen mailing lists. With the advent of the Internet and the availability of "people finders" on CD, the traditional methods will undoubtedly decline and be superceded by electronic ones.

Where are the victims from?

Anywhere in the world! A police operation in Leytonstone, London, by Fraud Squad officers led to the arrest of a suspect who had just finished defrauding two victims who had traveled to London. One of the victims was from the outback of Northwest Australia, the other from Sitka, Alaska!

With the availability of modern telecommunication equipment both victims thought they were speaking to the Central Bank of Nigeria in Lagos rather than the occupant of a bedsit in East London.

Remember: "If it sounds too good to be true, then it is!"


Specialist Crime OCU Fraud Squad
Wellington House, 67-73 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BE
web www.met.police.uk/fraudalert
e-mail fraud.alert@met.police.uk