A week ago, at the e-crime congress, MK Ibrahim from the Nigerian FSA, was one of our keynote speakers on what's called Nigerian fraud, '419' or advanced fee scams.
Last night, I noticed that one of our local clergy had fallen victim to one of these and I'm astounded that anyone, however genuine, could be so naive. If a man came up to you in street and said he was an African vicar and could he have £12,000 please, would you write out a cheque?
The Reverend Robert Nooney, says he has been conned out of £12,000 by a man he met in a Christian chatroom who claimed to be a trainee pastor from Nigeria.
The Reverend Robert Nooney planned to set up a multi-faith church and soup kitchen in Thanet.
After discussing it in a chatroom, a man called David said he would fund the project from his £7.5m inheritance if Mr Nooney helped him with legal costs.
But after paying £12,000 he said the money he was promised never arrived.
Mr Nooney said he sent £1,200 from his savings, £1,800 he raised on credit cards and £9,000 he took out in bank loans.
You can find the complete story above but given that the whole ecrime reporting procedure is a mess, I won't go into details - 'listen to the BBC Money box programme on the subject here' - If you come across something that looks dodgy, you can always ask me for an opinion and who you should contact but a good first port of call is a visit to http://www.getsafeonline.org now run by my good friend and ex-NHTCU officer, Tony Neate.