The city that was once a penal colony today has plenty to offer itself, and has well and truly landed in the 21st century.
There are no checks on the status of people registering a company. "Independent on Sunday" newspaper (in the 29th June '03 Business section) reported the arrest of "Chief Emmanuel Nwude-Odenigwe" on a charge of defrauding a Brazilian bank manager of 242 million US dollars.
The Chief was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria where he had posed as the governor of the central bank in order to fool his victim.
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British Investment Trust Bank" which (had) a website which talks about customer security and uses pictures of tourist sites in London to underline its respectability and status. As of 18th July '03, both of these websites are unavailable.
Strangely enough, this "bank" does not feel able to publish its correct address. We must thank both British and American enforcement agencies for their rapid reaction.
Many victims of the 419 scam do not have English as a first language and their judgement could have been clouded by these official looking websites - which seem to be introduced once a victim has taken the bait.
The "Fortune Trust Bank" ( of Amsterdam and the Cayman Islands and The "Bromwich Albion Bank" (?
) of London and the Isle of Man (bromwichalbion.com) For a classic example of a very suspect "finance" site check out: think you have any safeguards just because a UK limited company is named in correspondence.
Registering a UK limited company is as easy as paying an agency about 20 pounds.
Apparently the President of Nigeria has declared "total war" on the 419 scam artists and said that they shall have "no hiding place".