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This is just the latest case in which the Justice Department has charged foreigners - including Nigerian nationals - with phishing attacks and fraud as part of romance scams.In 2012, for example, federal prosecutors announced charges against individuals involved in a phishing ring that harvested individuals' personal details for identity theft purposes.While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly 0 billion each year.And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.Security experts say many victims do not report such crimes to police, so actual losses may be much higher.Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media.Those included business email compromise - accused of emailing an employee, pretending to be an executive at the organization, and ordering the employee to wire money to a designated account - as well as 419 (advanced fee fraud) and romance scams."'Mike' and his network of cybercriminals from Nigeria, Malaysia, and South Africa are believed to have conned more than million from various companies, with one victim alone losing more than million," according to security firm Trend Micro, which assisted Interpol and Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime Commission with its investigation.
Unfortunately, 1 in 10 people have been defrauded through online schemes designed to take as much of that money as they can.While many online retailers are legitimate, scammers leverage the anonymity of the Internet to rip you off.That includes asking for money before you’ve even gotten the merchandise.S.-based individuals to further their fraud via "romance scams," prosecutors say.
These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.
The fraud network engaged in "numerous internet-based fraud schemes," including tricking people into cashing counterfeit checks and money orders on the group's behalf, purchasing electronics and other goods that could be easily resold - especially on auction site - using stolen credit and debit card numbers, and taking control of online bank accounts using stolen personally identifiable information, the Justice Department says.