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Edinburgh Private Detectives give information regarding internet and IT fraud investigations in light of BBC article published 16 Jan 2014: Ivory Coast cracks down on cyber crime

People need to be very careful about who they trust online. Meeting people on the web has many advantages, and many people prefer that to real-life

According to The article published by the BBC dated 16 Jan 2014: Ivory Coast cracks down on cyber crime talks about how the Ivory Coast government is cracking down on cyber crime. According to the Ivorian government, it received more complaints about cyber criminality in the first half of 2013 than any other country on the continent, making it Africa's unlikely capital of "brouteurs" - Ivorian slang for cyber criminals. One former brouteur, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, says he started when he was 16 because it was the "fashion" at the time. As the 22-year-old nervously stubs out his cigarette, looking around to check no-one else is listening, he describes how the "love method" is the most lucrative.

"You [find] yourself a man or a woman who is looking for love," he explains. "Then you start chatting and exchange photos." After that, he says, comes what they call the tax - the money he would wheedle out of his unsuspecting "lover". "You say, 'Ok, I want to come back to France but I have some debts.”

His "lover" would transfer the money, and as soon as he had his hands on the cash he would vanish.

But Abidjan's thriving online community is fighting back against the activities of an increasing number of brouteurs springing up across the country.

Edinburgh Private Detectives (http://www.edinburgh-privatedetectives.co.uk) is familiar with the rise of cyber crime, and its global reach. The situation is equally alarming in the UK, and Edinburgh Private Detectives agency has responded by gathering a highly qualified team of private investigators which specialize in IT. Private detectives have been able to make a significant impact at reducing online scams and cyber crime. Hundreds of clients have requestwd help after becoming the victim or if they want to take precautionary measures. Skilled experts will usually schedule a consultation to gain a better insight into the problem of the potential client, and educate them about the dangers while surfing online. Clients are often amazed at how exposed they really are. Edinburgh Private Detectives experts will then determine what needs to be done in order to provide online safety for the client. Security measures include installing anti-virus software and firewalls, which keep clients safe against viruses, Trojans, malware and spam.

Robert Wilson, Edinburgh Private Detectives’ chief investigator, after reading the article about the Ivorian government cracking down on cyber crime, points out that:

“People need to be very careful about who they trust online. Meeting people on the web has many advantages, and many people prefer that to real-life, but there are also a lot of those who seek to abuse that, for their own financial gain. They are good at earning the trust of others, and coupled with basic IT skills, they are often able to exploit their victims and trick them into sending them money. Raising awareness is the key.”

Robert Wilson is available to contact on 0131 235 2014 or by email at r.wilson(at)edinburgh-privatedetectives.co.uk

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