1 Victims are
often asked to contact the fraud criminals on +44 70... telephone
numbers. These are call-forwarding numbers which allow the criminals to
pretend to be located anywhere other than Nigeria. The supply of these numbers to the fraud criminals is
dominated by two UK companies,
Magrathea Telecoms Ltd. and
Open Telecoms Intl. Ltd. The victim pays
his/her telcoms supplier but the revenue is split between the local
supplier and the UK companies.
2 The criminals
usually demand that money is sent to them via the
Western Union cash transfer service. The agency office used will
retain a percentage of the fee charged to the victim and a percentage
will find its way to the Western Union company, based in Colorado, USA.
3 The victim's
cash is sent to Nigeria. It is collected at Western Union agencies such
as these: First Bank Of Nigeria - Ilora, Skye Bank - Ikeja Plaza Branch,
4 We can assume that Western Union benefits again
and that Nigeria makes a big contribution to the company's income.
5 The fraud
criminals in Nigeria send their mail from Internet cafes. There are many
of these, especially in Lagos. Demand is so high that many operate for
24 hrs. Their bandwith will have been supplied by companies like Gilat
Satcom of Israel which has an office in Lagos, Nigeria.
Scenario 2. The victim sends money to the UK
As well as the percentage mentioned in 2
(above) Western Union will benefit from the transactions which take
place in Britain.
3 The money arrives in the
UK, usually to be collected by a foreign criminal who will keep a
3* The remaining
funds will then be sent to the originator of the fraud in Nigeria.