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Nigeria conmen repay scam victim
Dollars by a keyboard
Nigeria is blamed for most of the 419 e-mail scams
An 86-year-old Chinese woman who lost millions of dollars to Nigerian fraudsters has been repaid, Nigeria's anti-corruption body says.

The perpetrators of the scam wrote to Juliana Ching's daughter asking to pay $25m into her account.

But instead, over a five-year period, the conmen withdrew nearly $4.5m from the family's savings.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission say the thieves were made to repay the money and face prosecution.

"The culprits have confessed to the crime and repaid the entire sum," the EFCC's statement said.

Nigeria's e-mail conmen are notorious and are known as 419er, after a Nigerian anti-fraud law.

They use mass e-mails to trick people into parting with money.

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