Tue, May

419 scams

  • Of the more than $5 million lost by victims of the conspiracy, Asomani allegedly received $2,993,354, according to the indictment.

     A Virginia man is charged with preying on lonely women in the Kansas City area, and across the country, swindling them for more than $5 million.

  • A 67-year-old Louisiana man swindled people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a "Nigerian prince" internet scam, according to police.

  • In other instances, you will see on a Facebook wall, photos of familiar faces with their particulars boldly displayed inviting you as a friend. It is done cleverly that you will be obliged because of the clear evidence provided, and that will begin your friendship right away with series of chats.

    Written By Charles Neequaye - The emergence of social media and electronic transaction services have opened the door for criminal and fraudulent practices in society which are indeed disturbing. Fraudsters have capitalised on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp among others on the internet to dupe innocent and unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money. Every now and then the fraudsters devise several ways of hacking into individual banks and mobile money accounts, sometimes under bizarre circumstances.

  • The six who the FBI believes to be resident in Nigeria are Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Nnamdi Orson Benson and Micheal Olorunyomi.

    The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published a list of its most wanted cybercriminals. At the top of the list are six Nigerian nationals who are wanted for their alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that defrauded over 70 different businesses in the United States resulting in combined losses of over $6,000,000 USD.

  • Nigerian criminal gangs are also active in countries like Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, India and Brazil where they engage in criminal activities like ...

    Written By Ayorinde Oluokun - ‘Every day is for the thief, one day is for the owner,’ a loose translation of a popular Nigerian proverb meaning no matter how long or how well a thief may think he or she has perfected the art of stealing, he or she will sooner or later certainly come to grief. This proverb that has come to be accepted as a truism by many comes to mind with the recent wave of arrests or indictment of otherwise celebrated Nigerians over alleged involvement in criminal activities in different parts of the world.

  • The whole idea of job recruitment scam may seem laughable to many, but for the victims it is a painful experience especially when they lose money in the process. Asking unemployed graduates to part with money ...

    Written By Nathaniel Nartey - Ghanaians have been hit by waves of scams and fraudulent activities over the years. The infamous ‘sakawa’, 419, mobile money fraud and Loom have all come and gone, or at least reduced to a large extent. However, job recruitment scam appears to be the latest on the block. It entails the fraudulent or deceptive use of job advertisements and other career offers both online and offline to lure job seekers with the sole purpose of defrauding them financially or soliciting sensitive information such as personal details, credit card information among others. And with the high rate of unemployment in the country, it is no surprise that University graduates are usually the prime targets as they become vulnerable and desperate after completing school without getting jobs.

  • "During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together. They went ...

    A man who allegedly swindled a woman he met online out of $80,000 may have similar victims in four other states, police say.

  • He said the victims on seeing the containers and the supposed cash, were then baited to part with some initial deposits before ...

    The security agencies have busted 12 persons for their alleged involvement in an international scam.

  • Foster Afomale, a mechanic, was charged with obtaining electronic payment falsely and defrauding by false pretence whilst Kwaku Agbetor, a mason and Togolese was charged with abetment of crime.

    An Accra Circuit Court on Monday remanded two persons for allegedly defrauding a policewoman of GH₵60,000 under the pretext of clearing her two vehicles from the port for her.

  • This victim had a total loss of approximately $800,000. Of that amount, the indictment says, the victim sent approximately $220,700 to accounts controlled by Asomani.


    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Western District of Missouri


    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Ghana Native Indicted for $5 Million Romance Fraud Scheme

  • he upsurge in moral decadence and get rich quick attitude ought to be tackled with an-evangelical zeal. The issue of money doubling and rituals among other fraudulence deviance have been with us for some time now, ....

    Written By Abraham Donkor - Sunday April 3, 2021 on the Christian calendar represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The news of the killing of an eleven-year-old boy Ishmael Mensah allegedly by his teenage friends Felix Nyarko 15, and Nicholas Kini 17 at Kasoa in the Central Region threw the nation into a state of shock. What is more curious is the ages of the victims and the alleged killers, the motive behind the murder, and the benefits to be accrued to the killers. The incident has indeed left a bile taste in the mouths of the family and the community. Preliminary investigations revealed that the two suspects after consulting a ritualist said to be in the Volta Region were asked to produce five thousand cedis, and a human being to be used for money ritual.

  • They were among eight persons charged on February 14, 2018, for conspiring to launder and for laundering the proceeds of online romance scams.

    Six Ghanaians have been indicted by a US grand jury for online romance scam.

  • Mention can be made of several scenarios of religious leaders who have assumed so much control over the thoughts and personal life choices of their members, with exploitative, ridiculous or tragic consequences. Perhaps, ...

    Written By Raymond Tuvi - With ours having been described as the era of everything quick and fast – such as fast food, fast cars, fast balance, quick dryers or quick cash, among others – any means to get there faster, seems to be not only accepted by many but also expected. The main philosophy appears not to be “success in the shortest possible time” but “success – whatever it may be – here and now”, and the quicker and hotter it’s served, or rather, snatched from fire, the better.

  • As a result of all these negative tendencies, emphasis is placed on the use of negative spiritual and magical means of making money within a short time. What has become known as deceitful ways of making money, known as ‘sakawa’, ‘Sika gari’ and spiritual money has become the order of the day.

    Countries build nationhood which ensures that each community is glued together to bring about unity, progress and development. Progress and development come about as a result of the value systems that are upheld strictly by the inhabitants in that society. What this means is that nationhood does not come by chance but depends on the collective effort of everyone. The value systems refer to the beliefs and practices of a people. Examples are honesty, diligence, hard work, support for each other, and truthfulness among others. It is these value systems that encourage people in different parts of the country to live together as one people, respecting each other and working hard towards the upliftment of society.

  • FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. said: "The scams we allege in this investigation include romance scams targeting the elderly, business e-mail compromise scams, and even fraudulent covid-19 relief loans.

    US Authorities have arrested six Ghanaians based in the USA in connection with their roles in a fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

  • Since 2016 WhatsApp has scrapped all fees with the company saying: “We're happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees.

    WhatsApp users are, once again, being targeted by a malicious scam that has already seen thousands duped. The new message claims to be from Adidas and offers WhatsApp users the chance to be part of a free giveaway.

  • Written By Frank Mandela Bawumia - Curiosity might have killed a cat but not all cats are that gullible to be guillotined out of their curiosity.

  • Vivian Sajida Imran, a Nigerian, is said to have operated with her husband, Prince Joel, who is currently on the run, and allegedly impersonated the ...

    A 31-year-old woman is standing trial at the Accra Circuit Court for allegedly impersonating some ministers of state to defraud some individuals to the tune of GH¢10,277 under the pretext of securing them jobs in public institutions.

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