Miskell is in charge of an FBI Cyber Crime squad in Birmingham, Ala., and has worked extensively with Nigerian authorities to combat reshipping schemes.
This is when online thieves purchase items with stolen credit cards and have them sent to an innocent party to be shipped out of the country. embassy in Accra, Ghana, reports receiving up to 15 calls a week from Americans who have lost money on relationship scams originating in Ghana, Desilets said.
Unfortunately, the Ghanaian woman never sees a lasting romance in her Ghanaian lover especially in long relationships like marriage. After a capture the hunter bundles his kill into a cocoa sack. He sees her lovely hair do, beautiful dress and make up and pretends not to notice anything.
He gives the woman no breathing space as he keeps his foot on the pedal.
Internet scams are very prevalent, said Gail Marcinkiewicz, a Boston spokeswoman for the FBI. "It also happens with off-line relationships," she said, "(The person says) let me invest your money.' So many people give away money they should be careful about." Internet complaints are sent to the National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Va., which works with the FBI, Marcinkiewicz said. Cases may not meet prosecution guidelines unless investigators see a pattern, Marcinkiewicz said.
This spring, another female resident said she began e-mailing a man she met through an online dating service. He told her he was an American citizen working in Nigeria. When she tried to wire the money, the company stopped her from sending it, Dirsa said. The woman who sent the money cross-country got her ,500 back, Dirsa said.The Hampton Falls Police Department is investigating two cases of online fraud.The local women were duped out of thousands of dollars they'll likely never recover, Police Chief Robbie Dirsa said.Americans, he said, "want to help the underdog." Dirsa brought the cases to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Portsmouth.In the case of the first woman, he said, the man may have given her a false identity, which would help in prosecuting him criminally.To his knowledge, he said, the exact dimensions of Internet dating fraud have not been measured with any degree of certainty.