Apparently the President of Nigeria has declared "total war" on the 419 scam artists and said that they shall have "no hiding place".

There are no checks on the status of people registering a company. "Independent on Sunday" newspaper (in the 29th June '03 Business section) reported the arrest of "Chief Emmanuel Nwude-Odenigwe" on a charge of defrauding a Brazilian bank manager of 242 million US dollars.

The Chief was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria where he had posed as the governor of the central bank in order to fool his victim.

If he really wants to prevent them from "tarnishing Nigeria's image" he should attend to them when they return home on their periodic visits.

(And check that chief's ID, it is just possible that he gave you a false name and address!

If you have received mail naming this "company" or a copy of a document like the one illustrated here, you are a target of the fraud gangs.

The document may be signed by Simon Perchard and contain the name Brian Mc Clure.

American sources warn of the danger of accepting any invitation to visit Nigeria offered by these villains.

They have been known to manufacture exit problems so that the mark can be pressured to hand over money as a condition of being allowed to leave Nigeria.

Many victims of the 419 scam do not have English as a first language and their judgement could have been clouded by these official looking websites - which seem to be introduced once a victim has taken the bait.