419 Scams - Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud, W. African Organized Crime, Detection, Education, Eradication
Since the dawn of the internet, criminals have explored
the use of technology to further their illegal activities. In order
to stem the tide of 419 (Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Scams), W. African Organized Crime Syndicate operations and other such illegal activities, Law Enforcement agencies, while cooperating internationally, must also progress
in their knowledge and use of technologies capable of tracking these
individuals and obtaining evidence for extraditions, arrests, prosecutions and convictions while retaining the rights of those individuals.
It should be noted that Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud and W. African Organized Crime Syndicate operations are not limited
to operating from Nigeria. Cells and organizations operate from Canada, US, The Netherlands, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Ukraine,
UAE, Philippines, Malaysia, S. Africa, Cote d'Ivory, Benin, Ghana, Australia, S. Korea and along with other countries, even Japan. While the majority of "nuisance" 419 scam emails emanate from
Nigeria, these scammers are often less educated and less sophisticated. On the other hand, those in other countries are often
more educated, have better language skills, are more sophisticated in the frauds they attempt and avoid any mention of Nigeria
due to the country's negative reputation. Therefore, it is
important to investigate those in countries that cooperate with law enforcement in other countries.
It is .NExT Web Security's position that such surveillance can and is currently being performed using totally legal methodologies and technologies,
without the use of eavesdropping or software installed on the criminal's machine.
NWS utilizes Tactical Investigative Programming (TIP) methodology which
was developed by NWS in 2006 to replace the USSS's scam reporting address and to create two other classified applications still in use today.
TIP provides law enforcement with intel they need immediately and leverages technologies and procedures that corporate
America now takes for granted.