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EFCC launches "Project Eagle Claw", makes arrests & shuts down about 800 scam email addresses

Various publications | 10/23/2009

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched "Project Eagle Claw", to fight the menace of internet fraud and has shut down about 800 email addresses associated with scam and arrested 18 high profile syndicates.

Speaking at the 35th Annual Convention of Black Mayors in Las Vegas, USA, the EFCC chairman, Mrs Farida Waziri, speaking on the "Global vision for local action: A paradigm of connectivity in the African Diaspora", was quoted as saying "Project Eagle Claw is an initiative of the EFCC for the smart use of technology in fighting cyber crime. Hitherto, the EFCC structure for combating cyber crime revolved around cyber raids and investigation of petitions.

"However, the proactive stance of the new leadership required a radical departure and eagle claw was developed. When it is fully deployed, it will afford the EFCC the option of either monitoring or shutting down all fraudulent email addresses. The EFCC would also have identified victims and potential victims and advised them that their email has been compromised."

"We expect that eagle claw as conceived will be 100 per cent operational within six months and at full capacity. It will take Nigeria out of the top 10 list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent e-mails. At the moment, eagle claw has delivered the following results:

"Over 800 fraudulent email addresses have been identified and shut down. The EFCC is fine tuning security modalities with Microsoft and upon full deployment, the capacity to take down fraudulent e-mails will increase to 5,000 monthly. Further, it is projected that advisory mails to be sent to victims and potential victims will be about 230,000 monthly.

"There have been 18 arrests of high profile syndicates operating cyber crime organizations."

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