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Nigeria cracks a whip on cyber fraudsters

afrol News, 23 October - Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clamp down about 800 scam email addresses and nabbed 18 people high profile syndicates who specialise in cyber crime.

According EFCC statement, the head of the anti-graft agency, Farida Waziri, said the latest crack down, is to get tough on internet fraudsters through an initiative tagged “project eagle claw”.

Mrs Waziri said it is expected that the project to fight cyber fraud would be in full force in the next six months. “It will take Nigeria out of the top 10 list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent e-mails,” she said.

She said the EFCC is fine tuning security modalities with Microsoft to take down fraudulent e-mails, also if the project get to its full capacity, the advisory mails will to be sent to victims and potential victims of the fraudsters.

Mrs Waziri said the EFCC structure for combating cyber crime revolved around cyber raids and investigation of petitions. “The proactive stance of the new leadership required a radical departure and eagle claw was developed,” she said, stating that when the project is fully deployed, it will afford the EFCC the option of either monitoring or shutting down all fraudulent email addresses.

While Nigeria remains in the top 10 countries on corruption, cyber crime has remained a big challenge to the West African's security agencies despite efforts made in recent years to counter it.

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