p2p news / p2pnet:- “Microsoft is to work with the Nigerian government to help track down and prosecute criminals involved in 419 email scams and other internet-based fraud originating from the African country.”
Prosecute 419-ers? They must have deputised Bill and the Boyz.
“Microsoft will provide technical expertise, training and other security resources to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is tasked with fighting cyber crime in the country,” says silicom.com, continuing:
“Nigeria was initially slow to respond to the problem of 419 email scammers operating in the country who were duping innocent internet users out of thousands of pounds by promising a share of the secret multimillion pound fortune of a deposed African dictator.”
‘Were’ duping? They still are. And ‘initially slow’?
But not to worry because with the world’s greatest monopolist behind it, the EFCC is now “at the forefront of that battle and has arrested more than 1,000 people, brought 300 prosecutions and seized a billion dollars in assets,” says silicom.com.
Unfortunately, however, there have only been 17 convictions to date, it says, adding that Nuhu Ribadu, executive chairman of the EFCC, admits it’s a "painful" problem for Nigeria.
Neil Holloway, president of Microsoft in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says the Deputy Dawg Deal with the Nigerian government, “is part of Microsoft’s wider security strategy, which includes the rewards for bringing prosecutions against virus writers” and Bill and the Boyz will look to work with other governments in similar initiatives in the future.
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silicom.com – Nigeria enlists Microsoft to fight 419 scammers, September 14, 2005