Biggest 419 bust in history
- The operation, codenamed Nile, centered on a mob which operated from Southern Spain. No less than four hundred officers from the Spanish police, the FBI and the US Postal Service were involved with the investigation, which began in 2003. Officers raided 166 homes in places such as Malaga, BenalmÃ¡dena, Mijas, Torremolinos and Marbella. Police seized â‚¬ 218,000 in cash, 2,000 mobile telephones, 327 computers and 165 fax machines.
Besides lottery emails, they also sent over 6 million 'classic' 419 scam mails, offering rewards for people who were willing to stash away money that had been taken out of Iraq by the family of the ex-dictator Saddam Hussein or money founds in the remains of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks.