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Police in Nigeria have arrested the suspected mastermind of a web of cybercrime scams thought to have cost victims worldwide more than $60m. The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known so far only as "Mike", was arrested in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission. The main two types …

  1. ratfox Silver badge

    Both are currently on bail?

    For people who scammed millions, which I assume haven't been recovered?

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: Both are currently on bail?

      I suspect that the arrestees may have somewhat fewer millions left.

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Both are currently on bail?

        So, "fewer" doesn't mean they still won't run.

        1. WolfFan Silver badge

          Re: Both are currently on bail?

          'Fewer' means that they traded some for the chance to run. And that they'll have company on the flight to Rio.

    2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: Both are currently on bail?

      It is not bail, it is the "freedom to operate fee" which he forgot to pay.

  2. MrDamage

    Dear Mr Policeman

    My name is Mike Mboango, a rich CEO who has been falsely imprisoned for charges which are against me untrue.

    My bank accounts have been frozen and denied to me, and I need monies to bribe the guards to secure my innocents.

    If you could find it in your heart to foward me $5000 to make the demanded payments for release, I will compensate you tenfold when I aquited of false crimes.

    Sincerely

    Mike.

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: Dear Mr Policeman

      It wouldn't be the cops, those boys probably have their cut already. See 'el Chapo' for an example.

    2. alain williams Silver badge

      Re: Dear Mr Policeman

      That letter is obviously fake - it is not written in capital letters and is correctly spelled.

      1. Smooth Newt Silver badge
        Meh

        Re: Dear Mr Policeman

        That letter is obviously fake - it is not written in capital letters and is correctly spelled.

        AND it doesn't contain the word "modalities".

  3. tiggity Silver badge

    mark

    "conned a particularly unfortunate mark into handing over $15.4m."

    Maybe words other than unfortunate spring to mind

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Official Correspondence...

    Dear Mike,

    It has come to my notice that a man of your status and stature is expected to pay not less than $2 million in bribes per year, and yet our records show conclusively that your payments have fallen below $5,000 per month for several consecutive months.

    Unless you correct this unfortunate situation with immediate effect, I shall be forced to contact my colleagues in our Enforcement Branch.

    Yours faithfully

    (signed)

    Alhaji Muhammed A. Dicko

    Chief Collections Officer

    Federal Ministry of Corruption

    Abuja

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