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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi All

Does anyone know where there is any credible statistics or research papers on scams? I am doing a research paper and would like to focus on scams and the background of the victims. I need at least 5 credible papers to make it work.

Your help is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Probably the Secret Service here in the usa. Not sure of the website but it is easily googled. Also, the Better Business Bureau here in the US. Good luck on the paper.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hmmm do you need peer reviewed journals or just 5 credible citations? I doubt you'll find 5 PRJ's as it's not an accessible area for research, but you may find some CIA stats on the CIA Worldbook (background info for 9ja economy etc), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK govt has warnings about scams by country including 9ja, etc.

CIA Worldbook wrote:

Median age:
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
total: 19 years
male: 18.9 years
female: 19.1 years (2009 est.)


Life expectancy at birth:
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
total population: 46.94 years
country comparison to the world: 212
male: 46.16 years
female: 47.76 years (2009 est.)

(UK Median about 40 yrs, ave expectancy 79yrs, for comparison)


fco.gov.uk wrote:
Scams

Foreign visitors and residents can be targeted by scam artists. The scams come in many forms, and can pose great financial loss to victims. If you or your relatives or friends are asked to transfer money to Nigeria you should make absolutely sure that it is not part of a scam and that you have properly checked with the person receiving the money that they are requesting it.

Scam artists are also targeting individuals in the UK. There are a myriad of schemes in operation by West African criminal networks designed to facilitate victims parting with money, known as advance fee or 419 fraud. Nigerian scam artists are also known to be targeting internet dating/personal sites with the intention of soliciting money from victims. For further information on advance fee fraud please see the West African advance fee Fraud Alert page on the website of the Metropolitan Police.

Foreign visitors and residents are also targeted by scam artists who they have never met in person on internet chat room and on-line dating agencies. When trust has been established, sometimes over a period of months or years, the victim of the scam is informed that their on-line friend in Nigeria, who they believe is British, is in trouble and in immediate need of funds. The reasons that the scam artists give for needing cash vary, but include being robbed or mugged, problems with airline tickets, being arrested at an airport for illegal immigration, being held against their will, being involved in a road accident (frequently on the airport road), hospitalisation, illness and advance payment for medical treatment. Many victims are persuaded to part with large amounts of money before they start to suspect anything. If you are asked to transfer funds to Nigeria to help with a crisis you should ask the caller whether they have reported the incident (by phone or e-mail) to the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos. We are also aware of a scam involving a fictitious "Basic Travel Allowance" fee requirement, which has become common. This is where it is alleged that the person trying to travel needs a certain amount of money before they will be allowed to travel. People have also received scam e-mails using commercial e-mail accounts (e.g. Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN etc.) allegedly from a British High Commission office in Nigeria requesting personal bank details, or for money to be transferred to High Commission staff. If you receive a report of a British national in Nigeria in distress or a request from any British High Commission office in Nigeria for bank details or money, you should immediately contact Consular Section, Lagos to investigate.

Or the EFCC may give you some verifiable stats http://www.efccnigeria.org. Just some ideas.

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