) The British press reports that Comfort Afolabi, a woman of Nigerian extraction but with British citizenship, while running a charity called the Detainee Support and Help Unit, put a BBC undercover reporter in contact with a criminal who could supply false documents.
It’s generally easy to use and a secure way to send money while buying products and services online, but it does have its downsides.
Fortunately, several other businesses have stepped up to provide their own payment services.
Many victims of the 419 scam do not have English as a first language and their judgement could have been clouded by these official looking websites - which seem to be introduced once a victim has taken the bait.
The "Fortune Trust Bank" ( of Amsterdam and the Cayman Islands and The "Bromwich Albion Bank" (?
Apparently the President of Nigeria has declared "total war" on the 419 scam artists and said that they shall have "no hiding place".
That's all very well but the President should know that Amsterdam, Jo'burg and London all have nests of these vipers.
British Investment Trust Bank" which (had) a website which talks about customer security and uses pictures of tourist sites in London to underline its respectability and status. As of 18th July '03, both of these websites are unavailable.
Strangely enough, this "bank" does not feel able to publish its correct address. We must thank both British and American enforcement agencies for their rapid reaction.
He explains that, in order to liberate the supposed millions, the mark must pay a commission fee up front.
Needless to say, the Nigerian uses a false identity and the commission fee is lost for ever.
If he really wants to prevent them from "tarnishing Nigeria's image" he should attend to them when they return home on their periodic visits.