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Computer and Internet Fraud

Computer fraud is any form of fraud scheme that is computer assisted. Most popular today are the Internet fraud schemes such as those perpetrated through e-mail, chat rooms, message boards, or Web sites. The critical elements involved are fraudulent solicitations, fraudulent transactions and of the course - the victim!


With the Internet, fraud and computers can now come from anywhere on the planet. Fraudsters are taking advantage of the speed and easy accessibility of the Internet. Now distance is no longer a barrier and it is cheaper to use fraudulent, deceptive "spamming" e-mails and web pages to dupe unsuspecting victims. The Internet also makes it easier for con artists to cover their tracks.


Examples of such schemes are: Auction and Retail Online, Business Opportunity/"Work-at-Home", Online Identity Theft, Fraud Market Manipulation, Investment, Online charity, credit-card, lottery/prize-promotion, advance-fee and spammed E-mails (unsolicited E-mails).


Computer crime is a global issue. Businesses, security agencies, the police and the public should collaborate more closely together in the fight against computer criminals.


You can be defrauded online. Don't allow anyone to take advantage of you due to ignorance or your lack of experience with computers or the Internet. Don't let them fool you.


 Tips for Protecting Yourself  

 Fighting Cyber crime

 Anti Scam Sites & Organizations



Tips for Protecting Yourself


1) Be able to recognize a scam. If you plan to use the Internet at all for your business, personal or social needs, save yourself a lot of time and energy by knowing the different types of scams out there so you can bypass them altogether.


2) Never reply anyone running such a scheme.


3) Use your Internet e-mail service to block junk or 'spam' e-mails. Check your online service for ways to reduce unsolicited commercial e-mail.


4) Never download an e-mail attachment from an unknown sender. It could be a virus.


5) Don't respond to any mail that asks for money upfront.


6) If an offer is too good to be true, don't believe it.


7) Understand that nobody is on the Internet with the sole purpose of making you rich.


8) Investigate Internet-related business opportunities just as you would investigate any business opportunity.


9) Report the scheme to service providers and fraud busting organizations and sites for further investigations.


10) Educate yourself using the anti scam sites listed below.




Anti Scam Sites & Organizations



Internet ScamBusters

Information to help you avoid getting ripped off by Internet scams, fraud, misinformation and hype.



Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is the official organization set up specifically to tackle the economic and financial crimes including the advance fee fraud, known in Nigeria as the "419 scam".



The Nigeria Police

This site is established to make the operations of the Nigeria Police accessible to the public, to inform them of the changes and developments in policing and law enforcement strategies; and to provide an opportunity for the community to contribute their quota in the task of tackling crime and ensuring a safe and prosperous Nigeria.



419 scam links



UK Office of Fair Trading 

contains advice on consumer rights, competition policy, consumer protection, and lists of OFT publications and press releases. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigates scams



US Department of Justice Criminal Division Internet Fraud



The 419 Coalition Website




United States Secret Service: Advance Fee Fraud Advisory

The victim is told that the completed contracts will be submitted

for approval to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Upon approval ...



The Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group (NCWG)

is an inter-governmental body consisting of: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), State Security Services (SSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Attorney General of the Federation ,Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), Nigerian Internet Group (NIG), Internet service Providers Association of Nigeria and a private citizen representing public interest.
The NCWG is an inter-agency body comprising law enforcement, intelligence, security as well as ICT agencies of Government and key private sector ICT organizations. 

Contact NCWG at 09-222-3000 or 0803-381-9734


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