SPICIN WARNS OF CON ARTISTS TARGETING PACIFIC ISLANDS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 1, 1999 – Samoa News)---Scam artists posing as top officials of corporations or government officials of Nigeria have again been preying on residents of some South Pacific Islands countries.

The scam artists are using an advance fee scam, which involves millions of U.S. dollars through the fraudulent transfer of funds from the African country.

As early as 1994, the South Pacific Islands Criminal Intelligence Network (SPICIN), the intelligence arm of the South Pacific Chief of Police Association, said they were made aware of an organization called the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or similar groups, targeting residents in American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands and Hawai‘i.

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