Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana top cybercrime in Africa

The verdict is out: Nigeria is still among the top ten countries from which fraudulent credit card transactions and other forms of cyber-crime originate though USA and UK lead the pack. According to WikiNews:

The United Kingdom is listed second in a report on global cyber-crime statistics, behind the United States and ahead of cyber-crime “hotspots” Nigeria and Romania. The 2007 Internet Crime Report was released in April by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a joint operation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

It is interesting to note that 3 sub-Saharan African countries are listed among the top ten perpetrators with Nigeria taking the lead. 😐

The 2007 Internet Crime Report cites the top ten countries by amount of perpetrators of online crime. In descending order, the top ten list includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Canada, Romania, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Russia, and Ghana…

The full 2007 IC3 Annual Report is available here. [PDF]

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  1. the worlds most leading fraudulent country will soon be located in Africa as Nigeria and others are practicing now.I here by say this on the ad that Ghanaians especially the youth if not handle and counselled with care will also break into these fraud. An advice to the youth is to keep away from the so clled scammers and hacking activities.This is because the consiquencies of this will lead to a great damage of name forever in ones life. I love all the youth and will give any assisstance to them in terms of hacking and will be their friends in any way by provinding to you all the necessary information that one may need to advance in the hacking environment.i will write to anybody who thinks that being with a helper is a great thing.But i will not write to anyone who ends up in jail.i am only t-thr years and some how a literate in computer. i have not gone to any computer school but always learn from friends who have their own personal computers and even do more than them. i need someone who can devote to give me a free gift of computer. thank yallll

  2. It is quite unthinkable and unbelieveable. From every good things there is always an open door for bad eggs. IF Nigeria is rated high in cybercrime in the world, that shows the level at which Nigerian are willing to survive, i strongly believe that you cannot become an hacker overnight, except through constant practicing. Believe it or not, Naija has gone gaga over the internet, from every university in Nigeria there is always a group of hacker, the upcoming and the BIG guns recruiting new hands everyday, please find time to get the Die Hard 4 Action Film by Bruce Willis. I can recommend the following way on how to reduce the cybercrime in Nigeria but not ULTIMATELY!
    1. Provision of Social Ammenities
    2. Good Governance
    3. Public declaration of asset by Big Guys in power
    4. Provision of Educational Facilities
    5. Re-Orientation of the youth
    6. Leadership by example, Practise what you Preach!
    and many more other better ideas from folks all over the globe
    Stay blessed, up Naija

  3. thats absoulutely ridiculous!oladipupo! you there justify taking someone’s property illegally? incredible! you must have air running through your veins and you must despise the virtues such as honesty and truth as a “swine” abhores cleanliness…i hope this is your individual problem and that not all nigerians think as you do. incredilbe!

  4. Dear kwaku, please don’t misunderstand my response to the issue of cybercrime, you need to read the content of my response once again, what i am trying to say is, i am not encouraging unethical hacking by crackers, if ethical hacking is legitimate on a professional ground. Above all, what makes our youths this days to get into fraudulent activities? you can answer that, you won’t say there is no such crime in the United Stated of America, infact they have the highest rate compared to us. I am putting this to you if our government provides necessary facilities,1. Provision of Social Ammenities, Good Governance, Public declaration of asset by Big Guys in power, Provision of Educational Facilities, Re-Orientation of the youth nobody i mean no one will think of farudulent activities on the NET!

  5. i think cybercrime can be curtailed to a large extend if such hackers are identified and streamlined to work in the telecomm industry, i believe the sole reason why there is such kind of crime is unemployment, instead of severe punishment for such it should be rehab and proper orientation with a sense of belonging. thanks.
    I’m a student of International Studies with Ahmadu Bello University Zaria,North-central Nigeria West Africa.

  6. the west is crying foul. who taught Africans how to scam?. it was this same western countries.
    they came to our continent in the name of God and they left us with nothing but poverty. they stole every s**t we have, raped our mothers captured our strong men and what did they do with them. they used them to build their economy so when we re also scamming them its tit for tat.after all. Africa is doing less in scamming fasten ur seat belt cos we re coming with new scamming ideas.

  7. its written clearly in the bible that the so called white brought into Africa that.give unto Cesar what belongs to Cesar.are they abiding these Godly principle?,it shouldn’t be surprising if the rate of cyber crime goes high in Africa,we should rather be commended,our level of education is going higher as compare to the west.they took away our pride,rape our mothers,killed our fathers and even took away the strongest men in Africa at that time who could have helped built Africa.we arent doing anything yet.we have to reclaim all that they took away back to develop our poor communities,our foreign remittance is growing up,i recommend cyber criminals for good work done.they conive with our mouth boot politicians to take away our resources in the name of investment and grant them political asylum.Fire burn them as blakkraster say.there is no better roads linking the capital cities,no better school,high school fees.poor health facilities,luck of good drinking water.starvation,and moreover no jobs the last but not the least they supply us with arms to kill ourselves.the western TV report and give all source of negative names when there is a tribal war in the name of brutalities, atrocities and heinous crime,what happened in west is rather polished and called ethnic cleansing or blood bath,God punish them.we will do crime until we see changes and progress in our social lives,long live Africa.long life cyber crime.until our leaders stops conniving and begging them we fight unabated fight,WE HAVE TO SURVIVE,ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE.JAH BLESS AFRICA

  8. 1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
    2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people’s computer work.
    3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people’s files.
    4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
    5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
    6. Thou shalt not use or copy software for which you have not paid.
    7. Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization.
    8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
    9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you write.
    10. Thou shalt use a computer in ways that show consideration and respect

  9. Been approached by a young lady for help with customising her profile on myspace. We now chat on yahoo & yes money has been mentioned ? If it is a scam no worries. If it is not I don’t want to hurt anyone. Especially if the person is truly a young lady. So I may be at risk of being scammed but many other people are hurt by a possibility.
    East or West scam-mers greatest harm is to all the innocents in the sandwich.

  10. cybercrime perpetrators is one of the crimina act that has gone global. I believe with the help of our patient, community and government the youth to engage them, by empowering them in other not to go into search act.

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