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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Nigerian Man's Love Scam With Japanese Woman Led FBI To The Arrest Of 80 Nigerian Scammers.

A romance scam in 2016 between a Japanese woman and a Nigerian who described himself as a US Army Captain stationed in Syria, led the FBI to the record crackdown on 80 Nigerian scammers, published documents revealed.





The Nigerian gave himself the name Captain Terry Garcia.

After 10 months, the interactions blossomed into romance for the woman – listed as ‘F.K’ in documents – but the cyber courtship ended up with her being $200,000 poorer and on the verge of bankruptcy after borrowing money from family members and friends to meet the demands of ‘Capt. Garcia’.

Garcia had told FK of a plan he had to smuggle diamonds out of Syria and he needed her financial backing.

In reality, there were no diamonds and Cpt. Garcia didn’t exist. The whole charade came as part of an elaborate scheme hatched by the international ring of thieves.

The FBI’s probe first began in 2016 with one bank account and this single victim. It spiralled out from there, encompassing hundreds of victims, some of whom, like FK, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

‘F.K. was and is extremely depressed and angry about these losses,’ the federal complaint states. ‘She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her.’

Her relationship with ‘Garcia’ first began in March 2016, but soon after her digital pen pal began making ‘romantic overtures’.


He told her they couldn’t talk by phone because he wasn’t allowed to use one while on military duty in the Middle-East.

FK made around 35 to 40 payments to Garcia to support the Syria diamond sham, receiving as many as 10 to 15 emails a day requesting her to send money to bank accounts in the US, Turkey and the UK.

The woman was even threatened with arrest by the fraudsters if she failed to meet their payment demands.

At one stage, FK traveled to Los Angeles because a Russian bank manager had embezzled $33,000 of her money.

Each of the 80 defendants named in the indictment is charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and aggravated identity theft. Several also face additional fraud and money laundering charges.

According to the criminal complaint, the schemes used by the believed syndicate included online romances, fake business emails and targeting of the elderly to steal at least $6 million, with attempts to take an additional $40 million from victims in the US and across the globe.

‘Those fraud schemes have evolved and become much more sophisticated. Nigerian fraud networks now target individuals and businesses alike,’ said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna.

Paul Delacourt, the FBI Assistant Director in Charge, added: ‘The romance scams prey on vulnerable populations, but the BEC (Business Email Compromised fraud) victims are often reputable companies and conscientious employees who have been fooled by sophisticated cyber frauds into transferring money.’
from today.ng

24 comments:

  1. Hey!!! We are in trouble, why all this news since yesterday bikonu... Who do us this thing, its getting worst by the day.

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  2. And someone made me to almost believe Obinwanne was the one snitching on these people. Love scam is an old format of fraud known as Yahoo. I wonder why foreigners still fall for this scam. Are they that gullible?. Too bad these fraudsters have destroyed the image of the country. Funny thing is that, after this exposure, some persons will still go into this line of fraud and foreigners will still be falling into the love scam.

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    1. Most who fall for this kind of scam is greedy and desperate!
      Someone you have never met is proposing to 'smuggle', not buy! So, greed and desperate is what I see

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    2. These boys/men need to stop. I am happy get are cracking down on them.

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  3. That means Garcia is Invictus right. Jonah has put 80passengers aboard the cyber ship into the whale's stomach.

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    1. They are trying to mislead the public into thinking Invictus didn't rat his partners out.

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    2. @Prettyjene, he couldn’t have ratted them out and be responsible for this huge clampdown. The time difference is too short. I think this investigation was being done independently and concurrently with that of Invictus. However, rest assured that Invictus testimony in his case will validate most of the findings of the FBI wrt this other case because he would have crossed paths with a number guys mentioned among the infamous 80.

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  4. Na wa.....o,scam ,fraud left right and center

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  5. These people too should receive sense abeg. Agreed they are vulnerable but vulnerability is not stupidity.

    How will you just be sending your life savings to someone you can't even call even up to borrowing, It must be juju oh cuz i don't understand.

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  6. I’m sorry but how does any sane person still fall for scams like this ? Why would my woman give her hard earned money to a male stranger and to make it worse, one she’s never met

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  7. And God will punish every single one of them guilty of this crime. See how the woman's head caught them. Granted these women are foolish for sending money to someone they have never met. But how does an able bodied man wake up in the morning and decide his duty for the day is how to woo a woman and scam her of money,when his mates are hard at work.
    I even thot it's some ingenious technical ways these ones hacked a companys offshore acct or smthn. God punish them.

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  8. When I said yesterday that Obinwanne couldn't be responsible for the arrest of the 80 cos a) the timeline didn't make sense, and b) they're too many for him to be linked, it was as if I didn't know what I was saying. Y'all think crime drama is real life, or that FBI is Nigerian Police that behave anyhow and recklessly bungle even the easiest of cases.

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    1. Yea I was looking for you. If you had made that comment with ID, I would have mention your name for I read that comment of yours yesterday.

      @Souljagal, Obinwanne is the invitcus guy caught by US FBI.

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  9. Very sad how these greedy people are giving us a bad name. Very soon Nigerians
    will be denied entry to ordinary cotonou. This is truly a bad time to be a Nigerian.

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    1. Enter your reply...Am telling you

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    2. It's disheartening. On another note, I'm sure the FBI were disappointed that it's was an organised romance scam. No new intel for them cos them go one learn new things...

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  10. The victims are just as greedy that is why they always fall for the scam.

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  11. Nawa, sha. So, if one is single and Nigerian, they are already suspect for seeking love online?

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  12. This Japanese lady is also greedy and a thief. How do you fund diamond theft? They both suit each other

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