I think it's because the first 419 scams originated in Nigeria and surrounding areas. So Nigeria has now become synonymous with dodgy dealing on the internet and people often talk about "Nigerian internet scams" when as you rightly say they now come from all over the place and take all kinds of different forms. In fact the latest couple of 'pump and dump' spammers to be jailed were in the USA
Re: Is Nigeria an Internet security risk
10 years 6 months ago #27638
the meaning of 419, is the number attached to cheating and other related crimes in the nigerian criminal code. It is a civil case that has some criminal ingredients when trust is breached delibrately.
so when did cheating on the internet started?
maybe before internet came to nigeria
I blended with the street scammers in nigeria undercover. and I made fantastic discoveries which I will post in this trend later.
these boyz are within the ages of 15-21 and are very very very flexible on the keyboard.