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Nigerian advance fee fraud

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 121

Russell G. Smith, Michael N. Holmes and Philip Kaufman

ISBN 0 642 24109 0 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 1999


Publicity has recently been given to the problem of advance fee fraud, particularly involving a group of Nigerian nationals. This paper examines the nature of this phenomenon, explains the reasons behind its development and investigates the way in which its occurrence has escalated. It also examines how traditional law enforcement measures have been of limited effectiveness in controlling it.


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