‘419’ fraudsters busted in Dutch-US op
23 February 2006
AMSTERDAM – Police have arrested 12 Nigerians in Amsterdam and Zaandam suspected of internet fraud in an operation that also involved the US Postal Service. Many of the fraudsters victims came from the US.
The so-called ‘419 fraud’, named after an article in Nigerian law, begins with an email in which huge amounts of money are promised to the target victim. Asked to pay an amount for administrative costs, some victims have been duped out of hundreds of thousands of euros.
The US had sought the extradition of four suspects. The other Nigerians were wanted in the Netherlands, said Dutch police, who did not rule out more arrests.
The police operation began in September last year and culminated in raids on Tuesday on a Zaandam apartment and seven houses in Amsterdam. Police seized EUR 25,000, computer gear and false travel documents.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news