October 9, 2013
The New Nigerian Scam Targets Professional Conferences for Visas

Forget those “advance fee” emails from a persecuted Nigerian prince needing your help in moving his millions out of the country, the newer online scams out of Nigeria target international conferences as a way to obtain entrance visas to the West. 
Here’s how it works: A foreign “scientist” registers online for an international scientific conference. Such registration enables the applicants to then request an official conference “visa letters” vouching for their status as invited guests, which they can take to the relevant foreign consulates for a visa stamp.

“We started noticing this a few years ago, but it’s now a big issue,” says Janette Wallace, a conference and research manager with Robarts Research, a nonprofit medical research institute in Ontario, Canada.
Her staff increasingly has been bringing her registrations from Nigerians with dubious affiliations.
Read more. [Image: zigazou76/flickr]

The New Nigerian Scam Targets Professional Conferences for Visas

Forget those “advance fee” emails from a persecuted Nigerian prince needing your help in moving his millions out of the country, the newer online scams out of Nigeria target international conferences as a way to obtain entrance visas to the West. 

Here’s how it works: A foreign “scientist” registers online for an international scientific conference. Such registration enables the applicants to then request an official conference “visa letters” vouching for their status as invited guests, which they can take to the relevant foreign consulates for a visa stamp.

“We started noticing this a few years ago, but it’s now a big issue,” says Janette Wallace, a conference and research manager with Robarts Research, a nonprofit medical research institute in Ontario, Canada.

Her staff increasingly has been bringing her registrations from Nigerians with dubious affiliations.

Read more. [Image: zigazou76/flickr]

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