88 Nigerians missing in world´s biggest ‘lottery scam’ trial in Malaga

LAST UPDATED: 15 May, 2011 @ 22:39
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88 Nigerians missing in world´s biggest ‘lottery scam’ trial in Malaga

IT is the biggest internet ‘lottery scam’ ever busted.

But only 74 of the 162 defendants in Operation ‘Nilo’ have so far been located.

With the hearing due to start in November, the Malaga court is set to issue arrest warrants for the missing defendants, the majority of them Nigerians.

This is despite police insisting that it will be an impossible task to find the group as most are without papers and, probably, no longer living in Spain.

The only good news is that, at present, all of the defendants can squeeze into the dock, something that had initially been considered by the courts as a problem.

The case dates back to 2005 when police arrested 310 people after receiving 477 official complaints about a scam operating from Malaga.

The group, which is linked to the Nigerian mafia, is accused of sending millions of spam emails to accounts around the world, claiming the recipients had won the Spanish lottery.

In order to receive their ‘winnings,’ victims were asked to send in an administrative fee.

In total, around 800 people – living as far away as Australia, the US and China – fell victim to the scam.

They were told they had won from 525 to 96,000 euros.

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  1. This article is nonsense. What is the news here? That 88 Nigerians are missing or that 800 people were actually so stupid to transfer money to an unknown person, believing they won a lottery in Spain eventhough you are living as far away as China or Australia!? Wow!!! Out of millions of spam emails 800 people where stupid enough to believe a bullsh*t story written in an email by someone you don’t know.
    So let me see, how high could this administration fee have been? Surely no more than a 50 EUR… So 50 x 800 is 40.000 EUR divided by 162 Nigerians. WOW they must be really rich now!!! If this is the biggest internet scam the Spanish police has ever busted they must have been sleeping!!!

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