African Town Spams a Lot

Posted on February 27, 2006

The Daily Independent reports that a single town called Festac is responsible for 70% of the spam that comes out of Lagos.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has again begun its clampdown on scammers in Lagos State.

In its latest move to check activities of the fraudsters, the anti-graft agency swooped on cyber cafes at FESTAC Town last week and arrested over 87 of operators and fraudsters who use the facilities to send scam letters.

A competent EFCC source said the exercise was necessary following reports from prominent residents of the area alleging an increasing number of such cyber cafes and how their activities were becoming a threat to the neighbourhood.

The official, who would not want his name in print, said after the mop-up, over 87 persons, including operators and scammers, were arrested. He added that most of them had made useful statements to the agency and would soon be charged to court.
The Raw Feed calls Festac the "Silicon Valley of Nigerian scammers."