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Nigerian scammers operated from Lisbon

6208aA gang sending out Nigerian scam letters, aimed at victims in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain, were operating from Lisbon, until their arrests today.
The Judicial Police unit that combats cyber and technology crime (UNCT), launched an operation to dismantle a gang sending out so-called ‘Nigerian scam' letters and will be charging those involved with computer fraud, forgery of documents and money laundering.
According to Carlos Cabreiro, director of UNCT, the organisation’s centre of operations in Lisbon was used for fraudulent schemes aimed at grooming victims with the aim of relieving them of their money.
Nigerian scams involve someone overseas offering the victim a share in a large sum of money or a payment on the condition the victim helps them to transfer money out of their country.
"One of the main people in the organisation” was arrested, along with another alleged scammer.
The police say that in the course of the investigation, several incriminating documents were seized, as well as several computers and phones all of which will be subject to digital forensic examination.
Early signs point to the happy conclusion that the police have managed to close down a major player in the practice of Nigerian scams aimed at victims in various countries in Europe.
The dismantling of the network in Portugal, will have ramifications in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain, from which several suspicious money transfers were made.
The police are now using information gained, to link with other international cybercrime police forces, “with a view to determining the extent of the criminal activity."
According to Carlos Cabreiro, the victims are persuaded to provide personal and banking data, "enticed with promises of future funds" in a development of scams that began in the 1990s, although back then the crooks used letters, not emails.
While these scams originated in Nigeria, they now come from all over the world - including Portugal, as we discovered today.
For more information on Nigerian scams, click HERE
N.B. avoid anything that starts like this:
Dear Sir,
Good day and compliments. This letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine the future and continued existence of the entire members of my family.... 
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+2 #5 Hilde 2018-03-25 09:07
I totally agree with Saunders. I personally delete them always straight away. But when not stopped they will keep getting better and more resorcefull at it, so very good work from the UNCT unit. Nowadays I receive occassionaly a scam request of payment from the EDP or Intrum Justitia - it looks very real - but checking out the payment details like the entidade number and you can quickly see its false. But people like my mother (72 yrs old) would pay that straight away, not wanting to be in trouble with any agency.
+1 #4 Denby 2018-03-23 18:16
They should be well rotted tomatoes and a few rotten eggs thrown at them and anything else thats rotten ...
+1 #3 Im John 2018-03-23 14:30
I just finished deleting half a dozen of these letters, for me its not good enough they get sent to jail, they should allow anyone who has ever received one of these letter the freedom of slapping them a few times around the head, putting them on public display then humiliating them by throwing rotten tomatoes at them, see how you like that, ha. :P
+1 #2 Denby 2018-03-23 11:12
Well done to UNCT and police officers who worked on tracing these criminals.
+2 #1 C Saunders 2018-03-23 09:37
For the life of me, I cannot understand why people would fall for these (usually badly-written) scams. If it looks too good to be true, then it isn't.

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