Nigeria to host talks on spam crackdown

Just weeks after a Nigerian court convicted a woman in a massive e-mail scam case, the African nation will discuss spam and cybercrime solutions at a national seminar on economic crime. The four-day event, which begins Aug. 6, will take place at the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, a government-sanctioned agency created in 2003 to "crack down on fraudsters," according to its Web site.

Jonathan Rusch, the U.S. Department of Justice's special counsel for fraud prevention, is scheduled to speak on the last day of the conference about transnational "challenges in investigating and prosecuting telemarketing fraud, spamming and identity theft." A panel on cybercrime and national security is slated to follow his remarks.

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