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310 mail scammers busted

by Nikola Strahija on July 21st, 2005 The FBI and Spanish police have arrested 310 people in Malaga, Spain, in connection with a €100m bogus (email) lottery scam run by Nigerian gangs. It is the biggest bust in history, and may result in drastic reductions of scam mails.

More than four hundred officers from the Spanish police, the FBI and the US Postal Service were involved with the investigation, codename Nile, which began in 2003. Officers raided 166 homes and seized € 218,000 in cash, 2,000 mobile telephones, 327 computers and 165 fax machines.

Besides lottery emails, they also sent over 6 million 'classic' scam mails, offering rewards for people who were willing to stash away money that had been taken out of Iraq by the family of the ex-dictator Saddam Hussein or money founds in the remains of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks.

The scam claimed over 20,000 victims in 45 countries including Britain, France, Germany, the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and a number of Arabic countries, officials said.

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