WSAZ — Nine men have been charged for their role in a series of romance and other online schemes to coerce victims, many elderly, into sending money to various bank s controlled by them.
Federal prosecutors charge 9 in fraud scheme
The three indictments unsealed Tuesday describe romance scams as online schemes that target individuals looking for romantic partners, friendship and other close personal and business relationships on dating websites and other social media platforms. The defendants are accused of creating profiles using fictitious names, locations and images. Officials say at least victims were duped, many of whom were elderly. At the early stages of dating billings Plano TX romance scams, defendants frequently requested relatively small gifts, such as gift cards and cell phones from their victims.
As the relationships continued, they requested increasingly larger sums of money from their victims. The defendants allegedly opened bank s and laundered the proceeds of the romance scams through those s. The defendants also occasionally used cryptocurrency and celebrity meet-and-greet scams to obtain money from their victims. The nine defendants are charged with various fraud-related crimes, including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and receipt of stolen property.
As of Tuesday, all nine of the defendants have been apprehended in operations executed by the United States Secret Service and other federal, state and local law enforcement Grand Rapids free chat line number in dating from Huntington states.
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