Internet Hustlers Target Madoff Victims http://www.nypost.com/p/news/busine...r_madoff_WW0OB786QzZ9FVZEc3VfCJ#ixzz0hmDJkqLM After being bilked out of $65 billion by Ponzi mastermind Bernard Madoff, his victims suffered a second indignity this week when a Nigerian Internet scam sought to steal their personal information with promises of getting back money they'd lost to the fallen financier. Using a bogus web site that called itself the International Securities Investor Protection Corp., the overseas scammers claimed they had $1.3 million in Madoff money stashed away in Malaysia, bolstering their assertions with pictures of huge stacks of cash. They urged the burned investors to submit claims by filling out an online form and mailing in a copy of their "most recent brokerage account statement." The rogue site, which has since been taken down, ripped off the look and design of the Securities Investor Protection Corp. (SIPC) Web site, the actual outfit responsible for returning money to duped investors, and was so convincing it included a quote from Madoff bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard, who is tasked with doling out to investors any money uncovered by the massive fraud. SIPC yesterday issued a warning to Madoff victims not to fall for these or other tricks. The shady group claimed to be based in Geneva, with ties to the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. However, a search of the domain name shows it's registered to Victor Oladipo of Nigeria, who created the site last August. "We know from information provided to us by individuals that this bogus group is already attempting to obtain funds and confidential financial information from investors in the US," SIPC President Stephen Harbeck said in a statement. "We intend to use every available means to shut down this illicit operation."