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Spain detains 295 people in lottery scam

Jul 20, 2005, 10:33 am

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InternationalInternational: Spain detains 295 people in lottery scam

Spanish police have detained 295 West Africans on charges of attempting to swindle money from thousands of people by claiming they had won in a Nigerian lottery, radio reports said on Wednesday.

Most of the suspects detained on Tuesday were Nigerians, while some came from Ghana. Police searched numerous addresses in the southern city of Malaga.

At least two of the detainees were treated in hospital for broken bones after jumping out of a window when trying to escape. Those arrested included owners of shops and call centres as well as a woman who was four months pregnant.

The suspects were believed to have sent letters or emails to people in several countries, claiming they had won a big lottery prize and inviting them to send money to cover tax and document costs.

Police said a group of Nigerian confidence men had moved their operations base from Lagos to Malaga.

Spanish police dismantled 31 Nigerian rings last year, detaining more than 100 people.

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6 comments. Last comment 15 years ago by LOTTOMIKE.
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Lurk More N00b's avatar - ummm
United States
Member #3312
January 10, 2004
35 Posts

Way to go, Spain! Now, if every other country that has fallen victim to the Nigerian scam artists would follow suit...

    Sparta, NJ
    United States
    Member #18330
    July 9, 2005
    1977 Posts

    Does that mean I'm not going to win any more? I was kinda looking forward to those emails.


    |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

    I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

      Ypsilanti, MI
      United States
      Member #15733
      May 20, 2005
      217 Posts

      I can't believe they actually CAUGHT someone! With the way some people hide themselves on the internet, it's a wonder they actually found them and caught them. Way to go, Spain!

        jeffrey's avatar - moon
        Hamilton, OH
        United States
        Member #4162
        March 27, 2004
        277 Posts

        Gee, I wonder what their punishment should be? Hopefully, a fun filled detention in a nice Turkish prison.Smash

          dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

          United States
          Member #2338
          September 17, 2003
          2063 Posts

          They should have said they won the Indiana lottery.

            United States
            Member #7853
            October 15, 2004
            11350 Posts

            lol,that was a good one.