Local Norwegian Politician Compares Norway Bus Project With ‘Nigerian Scam’ After Dramatic Cost Increase
A city bus project in the Nord-Jæren area, which includes the Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola and Randaberg municipalities, has rocketed by five billion kroner (510 million euros) within three months.
New cost estimates for the Bypakke Nord-Jæren regeneration scheme are a concern for authorities in the Stavanger and Rogaland areas, reports NRK.
The estimated cost of the project has risen from 11.3 billion kroner (1.2 billion euros) in November 2017 to 16 billion kroner (1.7 billion euros), the broadcaster writes.
“This is now looking more and more like a Nigerian scam, but unlike a Nigerian scam, we know who the culprits are,” said Progress Party group leader in Stavanger Christian Wedler according to NRK’s report.
Wedler’s description referred ostensibly to a form of email-based scam known as a Nigerian Scam (alternatively a “4-1-9” or “Advance Fee Fraud” scheme), in which emails trick victims into thinking they will be sent a large sum of money if they pay transaction fees — often totalling thousands — for international bank transfers.
The scam got its name due its association with Nigeria as the origin country of the emails, though many countries are named as the homelands the appeals originate from. The scams themselves have been reported to originate from a broad range of locations.
Wedler is chair of Stavanger Municipality’s finance committee as well as group leader with the nationalist Progress Party in the city municipality.