From October 2013 through February of this year, there were more than 17,600 victims amounting to $2.3 billion in losses, according to the FBI. She charmed Tim, but luckily for him, the FBI stepped in.
Other scams include fooling human resources staff to e-mail employee W-2’s to a CEO asking for the information. Nationwide, 11 companies already have been victimized, five of them in Los Angeles, said Anthony Orlando, acting special agent in charge for the Internal Revenue Service Los Angeles office. The woman wanted to marry Mc Murray and that made him suspicious.
They pretend to be the foreign specialists working in Nigeria or Ghana (usually originally from US and UK, but it may also be Canada, Australia or any other European country).
Recently there are also Nigerian scams originating from Malaysia, China, India, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, Egypt, as that's where Nigerians are located since they can easily get to these countries without visas or on the student visas.
“To this day, she thinks this guy is real.”Weil described how his mother was part of an online dating scheme during an FBI press conference Monday in West Los Angeles, which was held to warn the public about an increase in financial scams targeting the lovelorn.