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Romance Scams NewAfrican Scammers Have Partners In The U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

AMERICAN VICTIMS OF NIGERIA’S INTERNET FRAUDFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. SCAMSScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. – PLANS A LAWSUIT

Nigerians in the U.S. are engaged in scams as this story clearly details.

Today we spoke with the author of the article below to confirm his experience, and explore the nature of the ex-patriot Nigerian Fraudsters operating from within the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

He confirmed that he had been a victim of a Nigerian team operating from Washington, D.C. and the U.K.

They targeted him, and he lost over $2,000 in the process.

In an ironic twist, he received very little support from Federal Authorities, including Bank of America (in BofA’s case because they feared the liability that could come from supporting him in the recovery of his money).  Liability is also the thing that holds back other money transfer services from supporting victims of scams – that and the profits they make off of these frauds (just look at WesternUnion, who is pocketing Millions off of African Internet Fraud every month).

When he originally published his article, he was seeking other victims to enter into a class action lawsuit, but since NO ONE CAME FORWARD, he is following actions separately against the scammers listed in the article below.

It is clear to us, the Dr. Fayemiwo is an articulate, well spoken, professional who was taken in because the scammers were operating from within the U.S.  This is a man who had endured political repression in his native Nigeria, and fled with his family to the U.S., only to become the target of a different kind here.  He is also an accomplished author, and we suggest you might visit his website at http://allternativecommunication.net

[which is clearly not a scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.].

Dr. Fayemiwo is the perfect example of an honest immigrant to the U.S., who did all the right things, and was still victimized by his own countryman.  This was something he left Nigeria to escape, and yet found and victimized him her.  We sincerely hope he prevails against his scammers, and that his may become a “blueprint” for how other victims can take action against their scammers.

Article Reprinted from “The Nigerian Voice”