Terrorists grow fat on email scams

Tuesday, 28 September 2004, 3:51 PM EST

Organisations such as al-Qaeda, ETA en PKK are copying Nigerian scams to fund terrorism, two Dutch experts told Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

Harald Koppe, head of the Dutch Unusual Transactions Reporting Office, and Harry Jongbloed of the Dutch criminal investigation department, say there is "strong evidence" from international crime fighting organisations such as the FBI that at least some of the terrorist funding is coming from advanced fee fraud (such as Nigerian-style scam emails) and the sale of pirated software, including CDs and DVDs. Using the internet to raise funds is fairly risk free, experts say.

By Jan Libbenga at The Register.

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