A Czech pensioner has been charged with shooting the Nigerian Consul in Prague, and is blaming it on a notorious email fraud.
The 72-year-old man, who faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years if found guilty, claims that he was persuaded to send money to several Nigerian bank accounts, and that Nigeria now owes him money.
‘Nigerian Letters’ are an increasingly common form of email fraud. The emails promise huge rewards in return for the use of a European bank account.
Victims are promised returns of up to fifty per cent on multi-million pound transactions. They are told to transfer money to a third party account – and the money disappears.
Victims may also be asked for bank account details, phone numbers and passport photocopies – and, if they're unwise enough to provide these details, their accounts are cleaned out.