The US Department of Justice DOJ on Thursday unsealed a count, page federal indictment charging 80 defendants — most of them Nigerian nationals — with conspiring to steal millions of dollars through online frauds that targeted businesses, the elderly and women. Federal authorities cited the case of one of those romance-scam victims during a news conference on Thursday. Over the course of 10 months, Garcia described in daily emails his scheme to smuggle diamonds out of the country. She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her. The indictment was unsealed after law enforcement arrested 14 defendants across the US, with 11 of those arrests taking place around Los Angeles. Two of the defendants were already in federal custody on other charges, and one was arrested earlier last week.
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A bride scam is a form of romance scam - a confidence trick that aims to defraud potential grooms with the offer of a foreign bride. The basis of the confidence trick is to seek men from the western world who would like to marry a foreign woman and pretend to be willing to marry them. The woman asks the man to send money, for example, for the purposes of purchasing an airline ticket or a visa they have no intention of buying. The relationship ends after requested money has been wired and received, sometimes after multiple transfers have been made.
Romance scams – 80 people charged with ripping off millions of dollars
She has been convicted of multiple counts of grand larceny as well as theft of services, having conned banks into granting her loans of tens of thousands of dollars. From November to August , she managed to travel free of charge on private jets and lived for months at luxury Manhattan hotels without paying the bill, according to New York prosecutors. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.
The scam was run by two Nigerian men in the Los Angeles area who had help from associates in Nigeria and other countries, federal officials say. To avoid confrontation, he told her he could not use the phone while stationed in the country. Additional requests for shipping costs and other details in the fake heist kept coming. Seventeen people have been arrested so far.