FBI Arrest: Why Nigerians In The United State Involve In Financial Crime?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States has arrested 35 Nigerians in North Texas in connection with a $117 million fraud scheme. The suspects will face money laundering and wire fraud charges, with over 100 people falling victim across the country.
The defendants are accused of running romance schemes to defraud and steal money from elderly Americans, according to the FBI. The defendants are accused of using aliases and trolling dating sites such as Match.com, ChristianMingle, JSwipe, and PlentyofFish to prey on vulnerable targets such as widowed or divorced women.
These victims are induced to trust the scammers by sharing a fabricated swindle story and then requesting a large sum of money. “These criminals prey on victims’ loneliness, isolation, and, in some cases, grief. “The only mistake these victims make is being generous to the wrong people,” said Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah at a press conference announcing the charges.
They vanished into thin air once they had depleted their savings. Romance scams are notoriously difficult to prosecute because victims are frequently embarrassed, feel duped, and are unwilling to come forward.
Why were so many Nigerians raise a concern about Hushpupi’s arrest in Dubai by the FBI for financial fraud? Let’s discuss.
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