Five arrested for internet ‘Nigerian’ fraud

Police have arrested five West Africans in connection with an international investigation into internet fraud, known as the Nigerian 419 scam.

The scheme involves conning people by email into paying over large sums of money in return for a share in a non-existent inheritance or lottery prize.
The investigation also involved the US postal authorities; a large number of the victims were in the US. In February 2006, the Dutch authorities arrested 11 people on similar charges, several of whom face extradition to the US.

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