October 3, 2002 8:59 AM PDT
Eight arrested in Nigerian e-mail scam
Five Nigerians, a British man, a Spanish woman, and a minor whose nationality was not disclosed, were arrested in the operation code-named Global Trust. The scam involves sending out mass e-mails that ostensibly come from a prominent man who has tens of millions of dollars but needs help to access it, in return for a share of the proceeds. The group arrested this week claimed to have money stored in safe-deposit boxes in Spain, but told their victims that a debt had been incurred with the company holding the boxes, and that it had to be paid before the money could be released. More than 300 people--most of them from the United States, France, Germany and Spain--paid up before authorities swooped in.
ZDNet UK's Matt Loney reported from London.
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