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They recently released a report on West African cybercrime, which includes Nigeria.
Prosecutors in Gulfport, Mississippi, recently took down one Nigerian crime ring that brought in million. I got a call from my wife that someone had come onto our property looking for me," said the agent, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity.
In the past, con artists from Nigeria often pretended to be princes in trouble to get your personal information.
"What these are, are really finely tuned, sophisticated schemes that are targeted to separate you from your money," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at cybersecurity company Trend Micro.
Because they've been making money hand over fist with relatively little risk to themselves," Nunnikhoven said."With big businesses we see the same type of scam, but perpetrated on a much larger scale.So, what the criminals try to do instead of hook you with that relative that needs help or that Nigerian prince, what they're now doing is trying to spoof the CEO to the CFO," Nunnikhoven said.The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr.Kwesi Quartey, led the Commission on Thursday, July 25, to mark the African Day of the Sea and Oceans at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
While other West African crime rings exist and often use these romance ploys, this ring also had two scams that were unique, one involving college textbooks, the other prepaid credit cards.