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Nigerian Con Targets Netherlands

29 March 2004

NETHERLANDS – As reported by the Expatica:" A suspected Nigerian swindling gang is active in the Netherlands again with a new fake lottery trick.

"The gang sends a letter to people informing them they have a large prize in a Spanish lottery, but the 'winners' are told they must first pay a gambling tax before receiving their 'funds'. The victim never receives the prize money.

"…The [Spanish] embassy assumes that a Nigerian gang is behind the scam, due to the method involved.

"…Consumer watchdog Consumentenbond also receives regular reports about fraudulent schemes and a spokesman said the swindlers seek out countries where they can best operate…"

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