First Advisor

DeSpain, Lynn M.


College of Contemporary Liberal Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

49 pages


This paper presents research about Nigerian Internet fraud and the policy/law changes that can help to prevent it. The paper will further examine some of the relevant legal measures available to help combat cyber fraud in Nigeria. It further highlights the Nigeria 419 scam, which became a major concern for the international community. It is noteworthy that the introduction, growth, and use of the Internet has come with numerous benefits but has also been accompanied by an increase in Internet fraud and other illegal activities. Cyberspace provides numerous opportunities where hijacked emails, anonymous servers and fake websites are being used by scammers to carry out fraudulent activities. The international revolution in ICTs (Information and Communications Technology) has been affected by Nigerian advanced fee fraud on the Internet. Such forms of criminal activities also cover lottery romance and charity scams. Estimates of the losses accrued as a result of cyber fraud are enormous and vary widely. All the Internet frauds are considered as cross-border crime and this paper considers Nigeria as a research study. The paper will conclude by highlighting or discussing some of the measures to monitor or fight the Internet use in illegal activities.

Date of Award

Fall 2016

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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