#FRAUD: 6 Nigerians extradited from South Africa to US for alleged Internet scams
Washington â€“ Six Nigerian nationals have been extradited
from South Africa for their alleged role in Internet scams
involving dating websites and work-at-home schemes,
the US Department of Justice said Monday.
A total of 20 defendants are charged in the case, for their
alleged involvement in a variety of schemes such asâ€¦â€¦
fake online relationships with victims who were asked to
ship and receive merchandise purchased with stolen
credit cards and banking information.
The six extradited defendants face nine charges in the US
state of Mississippi for the alleged activities which began
as early as 2001.
â€œThe defendants identified and solicited potential victims
through online dating websites and work-at-home
opportunities,â€ the department said in a statement.
They were additionally involved in check scams as well as
bank, financial and credit card account fraud.
They are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud,
wire fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit identity
theft, use of unauthorized account access devices, theft
of US government funds and conspiracy to commit
Three defendants have already been convicted for their
roles while six await trial and two remain on the run. The
United States is working to extradite three other Nigerians
involved in the case.
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