A small case against online dating
Perpetrators of this kind of scheme play on a target’s emotions and “groom” them into becoming an unknowing accomplice by becoming money mules for illegal fund transfers.Reports also show victims unwittingly opening business accounts for fraudulent corporations.
For him, a really good looking woman asking to marry him sounded too good to be true. This hunch prompted him to cooperate on an operation that would later save a company from losing money.
In July, "John" told her that he was traveling to the United Kingdom to buy antiques for his store.
Then one day he called saying he went to Nigeria to buy more, but he was stuck -- he asked her for ,000 cash to get his purchases back to the States.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.