Charges against Amsterdam '419ers' dismissed

Friday, 16 July 2004, 12:34 PM EST

The Dutch Department of Justice yesterday suffered bitter defeat in a court case against thirteen West African men, who allegedly sent thousands of 419 or advance fraud fee letters through the Amsterdam cable network of UPC. The court ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to link the suspects individually to the scams.

Earlier this year Dutch police arrested 52 Nigerian email scammers at 23 locations in Amsterdam in what was believed to be the biggest raid of its kind. Police confiscated several PCs, mobile phones, false documents and 50,000 in cash, as well as illegal cable modems provided by a UPC employee who is still at large.

By Jan Libbenga at The Register.

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