India cracks down on spammers

Police arrest six Nigerian nationals suspected of defrauding hundreds of people using email, text messaging scams

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India cracks down on spammers Indian police have arrested six Nigerian men suspected of scamming hundreds of people using email and text messaging fraud.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 4, 2012

Police in India have arrested six Nigerian men suspected of defrauding hundreds of people using email and text messaging scams, according to the BBC.

Victims of the scam were tricked into believing they had won a lottery.

The police seized 14 laptops, seven memory sticks and 23 mobile phones, as well as fake documents and cash from the suspects, who will remain in custody until 12th January.

Security firm Kaspersky recently revealed that India sent out more spam than any other country in the world.

According to analysts at RSA, Indian corporations lost an estimated $27.8 million in the first half of 2011 due to phishing attacks.

The arrests mark the Indian government's attempts to crack down on cyber-crime in the country.

The crackdown is being seen as a positive sign in India where the officials have been accused of not keeping up with cybercriminals.

The attacks are mainly related to intellectual property theft, online banking or trading frauds and phishing attacks.

The police have recorded over 3,000 cases of cyber crime between 2007 and 2010.

In its report, Kaspersky said 14.8% of all spam email sent in the three months prior to the end of September had originated in India.

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