Nigerian Scams are in the spotlight again
If you like to read about scammers, you may have heard about hilarious Nigerian scams. Well, here’s another one:
A Nigerian astronaut has been trapped in space for the past 25 years and needs $3 million to get back to Earth, Can you help?
It seems that Nigerians are also very promising at love. But as you know, love hurts. Nigerians lost millions of dollars over dating and romance scams.
The scammers surfed the dating sites whole day for contact emails, and then they sent a significant amount of fraudulent emails. The three scammers were part of a cyber criminals gang of 21 members.
A federal jury found these scammers to be guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft and theft of government property. US federal court in Mississippi sentenced these three Nigerians to a collective 235 years imprisonment.
- Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, faces up to 95 years in prison
- Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, faces up to 115 years in prison
- Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, faces up to 25 years in prison
Ayelotan and Raheem got longer sentences due to the charges of money laundering and bank fraud. The jury found them guilty of these accusations. The department of justice has charged 21 suspects till now. Out of these, 12 pleaded guilty to the allegations, and 11 got convicted.
The gang used many online scams including romance scams by using the fake identities of girls. They were operating since 2001. After gaining the trust of the victim, they would launder the money through Moneygram and the Western Union by convincing the victims. They would also send the goods purchased from stolen credit cards for selling them in different countries for profit.
South African police with the help of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested these scammers in December 2015.
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