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How Can We Combat Fraud In Nigeria?

After all my years of using the internet, it is beginning to get rather annoying that the word "fraud" seems to be synonymous with "Nigeria". One simple exercise: Go to http://uk.answers.yahoo.com Type in "Nigeria" and read the questions and their responses. I guarantee you that 99.5% of the time, in every question, there has been a negative response with the word "scam" in it, just because the word "Nigeria" has been mentioned. Yes, very country has dishonest people in it, and varying levels of fraud exists in every government, society and organisation regardless of what appears on the surface. But look at the state we are in - No one in the world will trust you at first instance, simply because you are a Nigerian. Sad, but true. When the incidence of fraud starts to turn into a stigma which affects even the honest, law-abiding citizens of a country, then it's time to do something. And I believe that we are not powerless against it.

So my question is : What can we do, as individuals / corporate organisations to make our society one where hard-working people CAN make a living, and where trust and confidence are normal standards to live by, not strange and unusual "in this day and age". How can we get out of this mess? Through the EFCC? By ourselves? Or will Oyinbos help us out of this one?.

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Most of the law maker's are fraudster's,so would we enforce the law, For instance a country where you celabrate criminal so what do you expect?Fraud means corruption and it's started from home.

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I HAVE THE SOLUTION TO CORRUPTION AND FRAUD.

It will get the fraudsters to surrender their loot to be redistributed efficiently and effectively

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That is the only way we can combat and overcome corruption and fraud in Nigeria and any where.

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I guess the best way to solve the problem is for the government to provide jobs for the youth

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The best way to combat fraud in Nigeria is the Jerry Rawling's (of Ghana) treatment - publicly execute all past and present corrupt leaders.

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We need More scam busters!!

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You know it's a sad thing that we are being generalized as a nation of scammers. I have some friends who I meet through Facebook and they ask me pointblank if I am a scammer. It's frustrating that these scammers are ruining our good name!

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I realize that most of the young folks still believe that one can make money legally or illegally. Most can not different between right and wrong. The argument that failure of Government to provide jobs and enabling environment for the masses is welcomed, however it can never be an excuse to commit fraud. If you commit fraud, you are not only punishing Nigerians but also yourself. Think about this, the whole world know Nigerians as fraudulent country even as fraud is committed more in some Asian, European and American countries than Nigeria. How did this come about, Nigerians flood every email in the world with scam messages, whats a huge advertisement. Most countries started running commercials to prevent their citizens from being victims. The situation is worsen by activities of some Nigerians living abroad whose only means of livelihood is fraudulent activities. You can not imagine why an immigrant will wipe off an account of a citizen of the host country without fear. All these boil down to get reach quick attitude ravaging the country. Who pays the price, innocent Nigerians living at home or abroad. Every Nigeria now has"fraud" as the first name, you face embarrassment any where you go even in some poor African countries.

This is the time to do something as the cost of inaction will be too great to handle. Presently most merchants are not accepting credit cards issued in Nigeria, most will not ship to Nigeria. Some e-commerce organizations don't accept Nigerians, Paypal, Moneybookers, escrow and others. Even some traders in China e commerce website don't accept to ship to Nigeria. I heardt that some foreign universities no longer accept Nigerians but am yet to confirm this. , to be continued.

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@monopolist do you think it can work in the way u explain it, so many fraudsters ve submit more than what they scam from people still yet they dont stop, so what are u saying, the only way is to provide jobs and shelters to the individual and we should also pray to God.

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I really and truely appreciate this forum. I am a Nigerian based in the united states and this issue has been something I lived with for a long time. It's hard to say you are Nigerian here in the states as people automatically associate you with fraud. I disagree with the gentleman's post above that says Fraud cannot be stopped/cured in Nigeria. I believe it can and it starts from us as individuals and fellow citizens to come together and start an independent program to battle this issue. it starts from us the citizens to put our heads together and come with gradual and smart solutions and approach to tackle this AIDs of a monster because the government cannot help us we have to help ourselves.

I personally came up with a system to combat or help prevent our youths from falling into the scam/fraud or yahoo/yahoozy ways. Its simple really, our kids/youths are oppressed, have no jobs, not educated, and hungry and cannot feed their families thus they fall into crime. If we can create a smart venture as an alternative for our youths to invest their time, this would curb our problems and lower fraud and 419 in lots of ways. Join me in spreading the word about the BUZZ SYSTEM to our youths so they have a place to divert their energy to earn income and provide for their families and become responsible adults. Email me temiamosu@gmail.com

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Yes,Free and fear illection is okay.

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Let every single transaction on-line and off-line include photos, biometrics (Finger Print) and guarantors.

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sri-Rudrapriya-Astro-Center/170068696349244?sk=wall

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'none but ourselves can free our mind'

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l do agree with someone here: If you know who your citizens are, you will definitely know who is commiting fraud crimes.

No verifiable ID & licenses

NO verifiable Registration systems> STOP a driver on the road, they only look at paper documents.

No ID & DL track system,

NO GPS Technology

IP Tracking does minimal good.

NO Crime Statisticicians.

Nothing, Nothing, nothing.

All they have is passport & DL that is not trackable,

They are not ready, its a simple thing to solve.

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The bolded part says it all.

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@Topic. . . To cut a tree permanently, you must sever the root. Anything short of that is temporary band aid. What examples are our youths (d leaders of tomorrow) learning when they see these our old time rulers having billions of dollars in accounts all over the world or our senators/lawmakers who spend all their tenure fighting for more pay/bonuses excluding shameful tales of bribery/corruption in the senate house or the jobless man who suddenly became L.G.A chairman and within a year,he has villas/mansions in lagos,abj,ph,UK,US,EU and dubai (excluding the SLS AMG mercedes, maserati quattro and of course the rolls royce). How about our leader who give contract bids to their wives,mistresses,relatives,friends and even children. These people dip their hands without fear into part of the funds and sub the contract to a third party. No wonder our roads remain death traps. The 18yr old boy scamming ppl for a few hundred dollars is not d cause of our problems. Those at the helm of affairs are the culprits. Most fraud in the US is commited by its citizens but i don't hear anybody labelling americans as credit card thieves. Na we dey spoil ourselves 4 dis kwantry. We know what 2 do but we are too chicken to take the bull by the horns hence all we do is pray to a non existent god while our leaders wire billions to the cayman islands on a daily basis.

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@stocker123. . . Sorry about being ripped by one of our brodas but i think you need to take a chill pill when it comes to mudslinging. I was surfing d net via phone and just couldn't stomach the crap you're spewing on all Nigerians. It is true that a great percentage of us have streaks of dishonesty. . .if you spend a month in Nigeria, you'll understand why. It's a herculean task for genuinely honest ppl to do business here when every potential client has one or two ideas of short changing you. I won't bother explaining our govt's major fault in this but i can tell you this : NOTHING WORKS in our country, so it's everyman 4 himself. There is NO such thing as a lazy Nigerian. Do you think our are happy trafficking drugs and engaging in fraud if they had better alternatives? Our country is the 2nd largest exporter of oil and yet the greater percentage of its ppl live far below d poverty line. Russian,Ukraine and Romania commit have more advanced and treacherous internet crimes ranging from hacking ppls bank accounts to attacking and stealing sensitive data from govt servers. Do u anyone scandalizing the whole country because of dat? NO! ! ! But our useless Nuhu Ribadu will go on BBC and CNN to label his entire citizenry as fraudsters. If our resources where rightly channeled,we would be bigger than Dubai and no right thinking Nigerian would lose his pride travelling to a white man's land. I dont blame ppl like 4 having d effrontery to insult our ppl. Its our govt dat sold us cheap.

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People like 190 and all these wannabe THUGS will probably never realize that they are NOTHING in Nigeria and definitely nothing in the western world. Their life will always be a struggle, always. And they will complain and beg for help when the truth is that they are just to lazy to put ina honest days work.

So I would like to expose and put pressure on the man's family that scammed me? WHat is the best way to hurt someone in Nigeria. I'm sure a 500usd tip would get the police or someone else to kick his behind. What else can I do?

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No answers?

Is scamming or fraud not a part of Nigerian culture? Where and how did it start? I believe it makes up a pig piece of your GDP. Isn't that a joke,

I know a lot of 419 bastards are trying to "get back at the white man"

But do you know that if you want to achieve something than you have to work hard at it. Black or White.

So why are Nigerians so silly to think that they are achieving something by OBT? all your are doing is making your nation look like a joke.

Shame on you NIGERIA

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YOU GUYS CANNOT HELP IT, IT MUST BE IN YOUR BLOOD

Please correct me if I am wrong. I have had many Nigerian friends over the years, and I only met one who was a honest man. Not because it was his personality, just because he was too scared of GOD. He was one of those born again christians

Anyways back to my story,

I am american (white) but I live in Europe. I have had 2 very close (many years) Nigerian friends who both fuked me.

I gave one of your BROTHERS the chance of a lifetime to do a car export thing from the EU. Everything went fine the first 2 times. Now the stories have started, in the end, he ran with 20,000usd of my hard earned money. He might think everything is fine but I am in contact with a very good lawyer in Lagos and I will find of where he lives since I have all of his real information. I will sue him in Nigerian court. I know i will probably not get my money back, but I will be happy knowing that his family will suffer for the rest of their lives. I will make him go to court every week if I must. Money is of no problem on my side. He will soon find out that 20,000 will not last forever. I hope his wife, mother, children, and grandchildren have to suffer.

I will also do everything in my power to get his Shengen Visa revoked. He is a convicted drug smuggler in Switzerland but his Visa country (greece) does not know about it. I will even have lawyers send all of his info to INTERPOL so they can keep an eye on him.

If any of you know some badboys that want to get paid to do some work, let me know. HAHA but no money up front, to Nigeria. Just when the job is done.

This should be a lesson to any scammer motherfukers on this board. Not all white boys are Kitty-cats like you think. You can do these thing and run home, but I guarantee if I got my hands on him, he would never see his kids again, or mayb i'll send him home as a cripple.

YOU people should be ashamed of BROTHERS like this. THIS IS THE REASON YOU WILL ALWAYS BE 2ND CLASS CITIZENS. NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING BLACK. JUST BEING NIGERIAN IS ENOUGH.

omerta60 (at) hotmail. com

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indeed.

right out of the fraudster's mouth.

are you still practicing your fraud now since it got you a UK visa?

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By making sure all Nigerians are self employed and financially independent!

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What the poster is saying is like taking a towel to dry up yourself while you are under the rain, i think the best thing is to use an umbrella. I mean we are not supposed to fight crime, we have to fight the cause of crime which is Unemployment, Good education and infrastructure let there be a conducive environment for Nigerians.

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Life is matter of choice. All that we can do is to create an avenue through which people '419ners' can choose not to do this anymore.

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Its Simply and the solution is in understanding human psychology.

According to Hierarchy of needs by Maslow, Physiological needs which have to do with Food and Shelter is the number one need humanity go after and because of the deep understanding of this discovery most developed nation have taken care of this needs in other to have a more civilized society where people will place more value on human life and not bent by all means to survive and under survival instant man can do anything be it a white, green, black or red man.

The Internet boom would have been an escape route but our youth got it wrong. At times I marvel at the energy some of this youth put into scamming people online when just half of same effort  can be channeled to legit opportunity that will help them live a very comfortable life and take care of others.

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We or the leaders? If our leaders are ready to be honest and do what is right fraud will decrease to a minimal level in Nigeria.The youth are only a reflection of the leaders.Honesty and the fear of God is a past tense now.

Also parents should start teaching moral values to their kids at an early age.I believe with this and others it can be reduced.

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Hello All,

The solution to the FRAUD stigma that nigerian has can be solved by:

(1). When we change our mindset about making money

(2) Learn practical legit means to make money online rather than scam

(3) Engage our minds to create new ways to help others

(5) Associate with positive nation builders.

This is what I believe will do it. And above all, prayer can as well

help.

I hope this helps

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coming soon with my reply

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This is a very simple question. Let's look at the question this way: how can you combat fraud in your family? As the head of the family who controls the family's finance, you allocate resources to needed areas of the family. You don't just allocate, you equally minitor the usage of the fund. No bleeping family member comes to demand for, for example, N5,000 for a plate of rice when it is common knowledge that a plate costs N500, No family member comes demanding for fund for a piece of furniture when you as the head of the family knows that there is enough furniture for the family.

Bros, if we can extrapolate the simple analogy above to LG, state & Fed Govt businesses with the aid of the existing technology infrasructure (IT in particular), I beleive fraud will be greatly eliminated. That is my candid submission.

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9jaSoul, your response to this situation is certainly admirable, and exemplary. I guess this is the perfect christian reaction to the problem. Unrealistic to the human eye, (i.e how many 419ers would we find jobs for?), but certainly makes a difference to that one person.

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I will perhaps be chastised for this post, but I have read each and every post in this forum and I feel compelled to share my point of view - from an American perspective.

First, let me say I am not a stranger to 9ja and many of her struggles.  Because of the knowledge that I pursue and belief in God, I choose to be "Gentle as a Dove and Smart as a Serpent."  There is something to be said about the mindset of anyone who chooses to become a scam victim.  Is it greed or loneliness? What person, in their right mind, would position themselves for personal ruin?  OK, that's a story for another post.

How can we combat fraud in Nigeria?  Here is one way, my story and answer.

In preceeding year, I was contacted by a dating scammer. To make a very long story, very short, I played the game with him. After shutting down 2 foreign bank accounts, the boy became unpopular amongst his scamming peers and retreated, exposing his real identity and all other personal information to me.  (Yes, I do know this is common practice.) 

My first inclination was to go run away.  Unknown to him, I turned him over to an international organization that deals with scammers, but then I learned of their methods, that to punish and humiliate. Punishment and humiliation may work for some, but not for all.  I could not allow that to take place with this soul. 

I spent countless, patient hours occupying and learning this young man as a person, a man with dreams and desires, as do most of the Nigerian youth. He once said to me that scamming is like a drug addiction.  One can stop, but it is not an easy thing to do.  I asked myself, what was lacking, what did he need to succeed and live a positive life?  Was it simply direction and encouragement?  Faith?  A job?  An education?   

It was all of these things.

The important thing here is that he took the first step and renewed his faith. 

I offered him the direction and encouragement. 

I made contact with educators and employers I know … and they responded positively.

I offered him, with the assistance of others, an education and a job … and he responded positively. 

The business of scamming (for most) is nothing more than youth screaming for help.  What started as a scam now has one young man back in school and working.  I am looking forward to attending his graduation.

I do realize the transgressions of Nigerian politics.  But my eyes have also been opened to the conflict between the tribes … so sad.  What’s up with that?  I only know it is our responsibility, as citizens of this world, to truly love and care for our fellow human beings – 1 person at a time. 

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCG/is_4_32/ai_n27862742/?tag=content;col1

http://www.nigeriansinamerica.com/articles/2489/1/Nigerian-Youths-and-National-Development/Page1.html

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I recommend a total change of attitude. It seems our culture is synanimous with fraud. Many things we do and willingly accept as the norm are seen as fraud in many other countries especially the developed world.

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am interested in working for the government to fight cyber crime i have all the knowledge it take who can help to help nigeria i promise to follow them and fight it to the cure because it affect us to we are all fraud star so we need to clear our image ket take those that are into the system not just graduate.

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To effectively eradicate fraud in nigeria, all the nigerians have to leave nigeria.

Since that's not possible, i guess nigeria can aim to have everybody defraud everybody.

that way it will even out.

monkeys.

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you forgot to add "blessing" and confirmation of such people "being blessed" by anointed men of God

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How to deal with fraud?

Fire EVERY SINGLE civil service employee and government official, and institute new exams and elections.

You have to start over and set new standards.

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Must you type with the Caps Lock on, you crazy mutha?

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"FRAUD" I DONT THINK THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD TACKLE BUT "CORRUPTION" AS A WHOLE.

AN AVERAGE NIGERIAN IS CORRUPT.

WE ALL ARE JUST CORRUPT MINDED. I DONT THINK ANYTHIN CAN CHANGE IN THIS GENERATION ANYMORE, WE SHOULD JUST RAISE THE NEXT GENERATION RIGHT WITH D RIGHT MINDSET, but obviously this would b ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE SNCE WE OURSELVES ARE CORRUPT.

MAY GOD HELP US

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@tensor, you are talking about white man , each race have their mentality give me an example of that in Nigeria?

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There are many examples I could state. There was for instance the great train robber Ronnie Biggs whose son is a resposible law abiding businessman.

It is all about personal responsibility.

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@tensor, do you forget about obasanjo and his daughter , majority of these leader have sow seed of corruption into live of their children. look you don't expect mango tree bring forth to apple fruit okay , we shall know them through their fruit.

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^^That is so untrue. Many children of criminal fathers have turned out to lead law-abiding socially responsible lives. It is about personal choices and personal responsibility.

Playing the victim card in this wise will get you nowhere before a court of law.

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The body cannot be good when the head is bad.

Winning this battle lies in the hands of our leaders. Can a father be corrupt and expect the child to be holy?

Lets ponder over this.

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There is no way we can curb internet fraud in African because there is no central data base so there is no way you can track a scammer even if you have his ip address

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Speaking of fraud in Nigeria, has anyone ever gotten a yahoo email from INTERSWITCH NIGERIAN LTD (or something like that) asking you to update your naija bank account info online? I knew it was a fraud cos a friend of mine had told me that she got that same email, unfortunately for her she put in her PIN and that same day they cleared her account completely. Sad and scary but very real.

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Eradicating fraudulent activities in 9ja is not an easy task. Everyone of us is corrupt even the so called preacher of good morals. Read about other country's also and see it yourself and not 9ja only. 9ja is not that corrupt, is just that pple are quick to judge.

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LOOK THIS IS THE PROPHECY OF JESUS THAT IN THE END TIME THERE ARE GOING TO BE A PESTILENCE SO , FOR THOSE NEVER BELIEVE IN MIRACLE , THIS IS HOW IT WORKS FIRST , YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IF THERE IS GOD AND HIS MAGNIFICENT POWER, SECONDLY , I HAVE THE FAITH WHICH N IS THE BRAIN BOX OF A MIRACLE .

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