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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

Likely Lads from Lagos still skilled at parting fools from money
Just five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind a widespread type of fraud targeting sellers on Craigslist.

The Lads from Lagos are going to considerable lengths of investing time and money in order to make their scams more plausible, according to a study by George Mason University researchers Damon McCoy and Jackie Jones.

The researchers discovered that Nigerian scammers have enlisted the help of US-based accomplices as well as getting their hands on professional cheque-creating kit.

The two researchers put up “honeypot” ads for laptops priced, on average, at a 10 per cent premium over similar kit on Amazon in a bid to discourage legitimate buyers. Only one legitimate purchaser tried to purchase the overpriced equipment.

Many less savoury buyers approached the researchers by email. In response, the researchers sent images of the products. Opening these images revealed info on the IP addresses of scammers. More than half came from Nigeria from what the researchers identified as just five groups of fraudsters.

The Craigslist scam kicks into effect when these “buyers” offer to pay for the advertised kit with a certified cheque. The scammers further claim that they couldn’t pick up the goods in person and are using a US-based “mover agent”. The “cheque” is higher than the purchase price and intended marks are asked to send the difference – minus their expenses for shipping the kit – via Western Union.

This overpayment scam works because banks are likely to initially accept the cheque and might even “float” funds from a cheque before it has cleared. Once the cheque is discovered to be fraudulent, banks attempt to claw funds back as well as imposing a surcharge, levying even more pain on defrauded sellers.

If successful, sellers will not only fail to receive any money for the goods that they were intending to sell, but will be even further out of pocket because of the money they have transferred under false pretence. In this way the scam is even more lucrative than listing frauds, which attempt to trick sellers into thinking they will be paid from an escrow account held by PayPal once they ship their computer kit.

Analysis of the return addresses on envelopes used to send out the fraudulent cheques as well as the signatures on the cheques were used to categorise the originators of frauds.

Overpayment scams have been around for years and are not particular to Craiglist. The listings site has a variety of defences against fraudulent sellers but bogus buyers remain a problem. Work by the two researchers show that these scams are getting more sophisticated.

“Some of the phoney checks were generated using VersaCheck software on legitimate check paper, with watermarks and other security features,” IT World reports. “Most of the checks listed real businesses that were geographically close to the bank”.

Bank routing numbers used in the scam are legitimate.

Victims may well not know that the “buyer” of the kit is actually located in Nigeria thanks, in part, to the use of a US-based middleman.

McCoy and Jones are due to present their research (PDF) at the IEEE-backed APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research in Birmingham, Alabama later this month (24 September). An abstract for their paper, entitled The Check is in the Mail: Monetization of Craigslist Buyer Scams, (PDF) explains that a better understanding of how the scam worked gives the potential for law enforcement on others to crack down on the scam, in particular by identifying and targeting US-based affiliates.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/11/nigerian_gangs_dominate_craiglist_scams/

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Woman Detained on Suspicion of Forgery

Hi.
This is from the news today, this time, the news is from the USA.
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A Springfield woman detained on suspicion of forgery Tuesday afternoon was released after investigators determined she was involved in a Nigerian Internet scam.
Police were sent to Williamsville State Bank, 1748 Wabash Ave., about 1:30 p.m. after the 48-year-old woman tried to cash six postal money orders totaling $5,400. Bank employees realized there was a problem with the money orders and notified police.

After being questioned by investigators from the police department and the U.S. Postal Service, the woman was released. A police report on the incident did not elaborate on why she was let go, but it did say the woman told police she had received an e-mail offering her a job cashing money orders that would be sent to her, and that she could keep 10 percent of the money if she sent the rest back.

Detectives apparently believed the woman, who is unemployed, did not understand she was participating in a scam and released her.

source–Springfield state journal register
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Student Convicted of Posing as CBN Governor to Scam Woman in $27,000 Case

 Hi. this is another recent news item from the papers in Nigeria.hope you find it interesting.  regards. alan.(ps-get more information at www.elovedeceptions.com)

A 200-level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Muniru Adigun, has been sentenced to seven and half years imprisonment by an Ikeja High Court presided over by Justice Monike Obadina.

The accused, who was standing trial with another accused person, Emeka Ekeh over a five-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences and forgery levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pleaded guilty to the charge while his accused counterpart Emeka, pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Kayode Oni, told the court that the accused, who operated with the name of the CBN Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, together with the second accused, conspired to obtain 1,300 US dollars under false pretence from one Vicky Deschene, an American citizen, as processing fee for the transfer of 27,000 US dollars to her in the United States.

The sum was claimed by the accused to have been recovered from a Nigeria fraudster that obtained the sum of 33,000 US dollars from the American.

The prosecutor also told the court that the accused also forged a Union Bank Nigeria Plc’s draft in the name of one Douglas Schrether for the sum of 750,000 US dollars purported to have been issued by the bank.

The defence counsel , Mr. Tunde Adesanya, pleaded with the judge to tempter justice with mercy and that the accused was influenced by his friend and has shown remorse for his action.

The judge, while giving her ruling, said she accepted the guilty plea of the accused and convicted him as charged. She said the accused should have concentrated on his studies at the university to earn a degree and livelihood through lawful means, but because he had shown remorse for his action, she would be lenient with him.

She, however, sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment for each count without option of fine. The sentence will run concurrently.

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