Noble Ideas That Probably Won’t Work Department: #419

Nigeria may use software to nab 419 scammers
From the article:
“Nigeria plans to launch software that would help catch fraudsters who send scam letters via email, known as the 419 advance fee fraud, a meeting on the sidelines of Africa’s World Economic Forum has heard.
The new technology, which would identify key words used in such letters, is likely to be made available to Internet service providers and government departments, Mustafa Bello, executive secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission said.
‘The introduction of new software, currently under discussion within the Nigerian parliament, will scan emails originating in Nigeria to look for keywords commonly found, especially relating to banking and the country’s petroleum industry’” Bello said late on Wednesday after a discussion on the issue on the sidelines of the conference.”