|Posted: March 4, 2006, 9:11 pm - IP Logged|
Dutch police said they had arrested 12 Nigerians in connection with an Internet scam in which emails were sent to Americans tricking them into investing in non-existent schemes.
The Nigerians were detained on suspicion of commiting fraud or involvement in fraud in the scheme, which earnt them a total two million dollars (1.7 million euros).
They were arrested Tuesday after raids on premises in Amsterdam and the central city of Zaandam, during which police seized 25,000 euros in cash, computers and fake travel documents.
Most of the victims of the scam were US citizens. Four of the men detained were arrested on the request of US authorities, who cooperated in the investigation.
The gang has posted some 100,000 emails to potential victims, police said.
Computer users across the world are reguarly bombarded by emails from Nigerian crooks seeking to trick them into handing over bank details or making advance payments on non-existent money-making schemes.
Experts say the so-called 419 fraudsters -- named after the relevant section in Nigeria`s criminal code -- steal hundreds of millions of dollars every year from unsuspecting targets.