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    Justice charges 80 in massive online fraud case linked to Nigerian defendants

    The Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed a 252-count federal indictment charging 80 defendants, many of whom are Nigerian nationals, with conspiring to steal millions of dollars through online scams.
    The indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and was made public shortly after authorities arrested 14 of the defendants across the United States, with 11 of these defendants apprehended in the Los Angeles region. The majority of the defendants are outside the country, with many likely in Nigeria.


    The defendants involved in the case were charged with attempting to defraud individuals of millions of dollars through the use of business email compromise (BEC) and online romance scams, in addition to other schemes meant to target the elderly.
    The investigation is being led by the FBI, with each of the defendants charged with “conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft,” according to Justice Department. Some defendants also face fraud and money laundering charges.
    U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna described the scams used by the defendants during a press conference on Thursday, saying that “fraud networks now target individuals and businesses alike.”
    “In the BEC scams, the fraudsters will often hack a company’s email system, impersonate company personnel, and direct payments to bank accounts that funnel money back to the fraudsters in Nigeria,” Hanna said. “In the romance scams, victims think they are developing a dating relationship, when in fact they are just being tricked into sending money to the fraudsters.”
    Hanna added that “we believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history.”

    More at: https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecu...ed-to-nigerian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    We may never hear from him again.
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    Probably drug dealers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    Probably drug dealers.
    Nah, they’re going after the princes.
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    Sorry , but if they only got 80 Nigerians there are hundreds of thousands to go .
    Do something Danke

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    Is Juleswin one of them?
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    I wonder if one of those defendants was of royal descent?

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    Yet they allow fraudsters like Bernie the Clown continue his con game right in front of everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Yet they allow fraudsters like Bernie the Clown continue his con game right in front of everyone.
    Some Nigerian princes are more equal than others ...


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