US Extradites Six Nigerians To Mississippi From South Africa Over Scam Charges

The US Department of Justice has successfully extradited six
Nigerians from South Africa to face charges of running a series of scams
against gullible Americans over the past 14 years.
The six men, along with 14 other defendants resident in the
US, face trial in Gulfport, Mississippi on nine federal charges, including
conspiracy to commit identity theft, wire fraud, bank fraud, theft of US
government funds, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment [PDF] states that since 2001 the accused, were
part of a string of scams against Americans, facilitated by internet
communications. These include the longstanding 419 scheme, whereby a massive
windfall is promised once a small number of payments have been provided, but
the DoJ claims it went much further than that.

The team is also accused of running romance stings to bilk
the lonely of funds, shipping fraud, running fake work-from-home businesses,
check fraud, and plain-old hijacking of other people’s bank accounts and credit
cards to divert funds.

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