4 nabbed in Gauteng for 419 scam

2012-06-01 07:20

Johannesburg - Four men have been arrested in Gauteng in connection with fraud relating to a 419 scam, police said on Thursday.

Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the men were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday by Interpol members acting on a US extradition order to arrest Nigerian Ayodele Abrahamm Saliu.

"He [Saliu] is being sought in the United States of America to stand trial [in] 12 cases including charges of fraud, computer intrusion and identity theft," Naidoo said in a statement.

"He is accused of being involved in wire fraud, bank fraud, computer intrusion and identity theft which resulted in people being defrauded of an [accumulated] amount of over $500 000."

The 419 scam is also known as the lottery scam, and an unsolicited fax, e-mail, or letter from Nigeria or another African country making a proposal, but asking for up-front payment of a fee.

Incriminating messages

Saliu came to South Africa a month ago, but could not be located as he continuously moved around, said Naidoo.

"On May 29, at 21:30, Saliu tried to leave SA from OR Tambo International Airport where our Interpol officers arrested him under the penal code 41(k) of the Criminal Procedure Act," he said.

"Yesterday, [Wednesday] Interpol members conducted further investigation which led them to three other male Nigerian nationals."

Naidoo said only one of them could produce his passport. Another had only a copy of his passport and the third said his passport was with a contact that was organising his permanent residency.

"Their cellphones were inspected by one of the police's IT specialist and [they were] found to have messages containing names and bank accounts of people from USA, Canada, UK, Finland, SA and other countries," said Naidoo.

"Some of the messages were connected to the 419 scam of the value of between R600 000 and R900 000. Other messages on the cellphones were instructions to 'speed up hacking processes'."

The 419 scams were the largest in the world in terms of monetary losses, the police said on their website.

Damning letters

A task team had been set up to investigate them. Naidoo said a laptop was inspected and police discovered it contained files with 419 scam messages which had been sent around the world.

"The files found on the laptop contained names, addresses, telephone numbers, bank accounts details with amounts in different currencies of different people around the world either used or to be used for fraud and identity theft."

The files also contained files with internal bank information relating to accounts of various people worldwide.

Saliu appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court for the extradition hearing.

"The case was postponed to June 7 and he remains in custody," said Naidoo.

The other three men would appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Monday on charges relating to fraud and identity theft.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-01 07:27


      Curry - 2012-06-01 07:48

      @Frenchie - glad you are so excited!! We are just as excited and have something really special to share with you... It just so happens that the full story and $500k in cash is available to a very select few and our computers have automatically selected your name from thousands of applicants. All you have to do to get the story behind the story is send your bank details to the following email address...

      Lyndatjie - 2012-06-01 07:53

      Lol @Curry!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-01 08:00

      Curry, I'm dying of Zoomalitis and I want to leave my entire tender fortune to you to do 'good works'. Please send bank details for the transfer....

      procold2 - 2012-06-01 08:41

      yay, is correct, still cant believe people get caught out.

  • vinny.damoyi - 2012-06-01 07:36

    We have become a safe haven for this filth

      lynsey.rimbault - 2012-06-01 09:16

      Except they were arrested. Safe haven?

  • Rob - 2012-06-01 07:36

    Investigate bank personel as well. Some DO provide these criminals with information.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-06-01 07:42

    Now how am I going to bet my money with him being caught??? I was promised R600 000.00! \r\nLol, good job, hopefully one less sms and email sent to me.

  • yolande.rwaai - 2012-06-01 07:51

    Just go to internet cafe`s in Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville. You'll find them in action!

  • Gregory - 2012-06-01 07:52

    He will probably end up bribing one of our corrupt lot and disappear into thin air and carry on with his scams. Interpol better guard him themselves.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-06-01 07:52

    You would think with all the warnings and bells going off regarding scams that people still fall for these emails and letters. Well done on the arrest''s and please dont give them residency in RSA

  • siliziwem - 2012-06-01 07:53

    People were fed with things like these when the word \xhenophobia\ was first heard of among some S.Africans! This country is like a home where parents are dead or on holiday, and everyone does as they please!

  • Rifkar Ramovha - 2012-06-01 07:55

    Just take all this fools home.they have done enough damage already.

  • Denis - 2012-06-01 07:56

    95% of Nigerians in SA are involved in illegal activities that include fraud, 419 scams, other types of scams, kidnapping, human trafficking and others. 4% are in academia as professors or MSc/MA students in research. The remaning 1% are barbers in ethnic hair barber shops.

      Graeme Walker - 2012-06-01 08:56

      What a load of rubbish and no basis of facts. I have worked with a couple Nigerians who are decently educated and hard working to make a better life! There are theirs in all races even whites.

      lynsey.rimbault - 2012-06-01 09:18

      Don't invent statistics Denis.

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-06-01 09:27

      Graeme; the hard-working, law-abiding Nigerians are in Nigeria. The ones who come here are here to commit crime. Even Nigerians will tell you this.

      Marco - 2012-06-01 10:15

      Hey graeme lets see if you still feel the same when your daughter is selling her a$$ to them to support her habit.grow a pair laddie

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-01 08:31

    A Nigerian! can't be, fancy that!

  • Thabiso - 2012-06-01 08:50

    Well done to the police and all those responsible for the arrest of the suspects. We always blame the police for not doing enough to stop crime but in this case they deserve a pat on the back.

  • isabel.hodgson.16 - 2012-06-01 08:52

    Could be a drop in the ocean but well done!!

  • jus.manning - 2012-06-01 09:09

    And the Nigerian government get upset when we generalize about the calibre of nationals.... hmmmm

  • Zing - 2012-06-01 09:43

    Lock them up and throw the jail away!

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-06-01 10:11

    stupid crime careers Nigerians at it again I f***Ken hate these people called nigerians my capetonian friend is currently serving a 20yrs jailed term in far east Asian country because of these wankers, she loved and trusted her Nigerian boyfriend but him and his brothers used her for their personal gains, what pains me more is whenever I come to canningtown in London I always see the guy who sold her driving around in his drugs bought flashy BMW's, ANC should grow balls of steel and kick out all the Nigerians living in south Africa because they're up to no good.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-06-01 10:13

    you have won $500.000 in the american lotto , to recieve these funds please send R800.00 in vodakom vouchers and then we will process your claim

  • masamune.azeem - 2012-07-19 16:55

    You know i hate no man, but Nigerians should be gathered and shipped back home. They shouldn't come here with their black tendencies, not here. They can do them somewhere else but not here.

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