Nigeria's Latest Plan To Stop 419 Scams: Spy On Internet Cafes
from the further-underground dept
Every year or so, the Nigerian government announces that they plan to crack down on all those 419 scams, which many have said form a significant part of the Nigerian economy. However, the crackdowns never seem to get very far. The latest, though, is that they're actually looking to amend the "419 Act" (after which the scam is named) to finally take into account the fact that this scam has moved onto the internet (you mean, they just noticed?). Of course, the amendment requires all internet providers, cybercafes, mobile phone providers and financial institutions to register with the government and provide detailed records of who is using them for what purposes. Considering the extent to which the scammers go for these scams, all this is likely to do is drive them further underground. They'll just create "unlicensed" underground versions of all of these services instead. Rest assured, those emails from Nigerian princesses in distress will keep showing up in your email box.