Congratulations To The Victims Of The Dallas Scammers! This Scammer Received A 14 Year Sentence! [Part 1]

Congratulations To The Victims Of The Dallas Scammers!

Part 1

This ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Received A 14 Year Sentence! SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. Was There!

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A Week Ago 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. Victims Triumphed In Dallas Texas & SCARS Was Right There In The Court!

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On October 22, 2021, our own SCARS’ Director Debby Montgomery Johnson was in the Dallas courtroom in support of 80+ romance scam victims, including some in our own SCARS support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., for the sentencing of one of the scammers arrested by the FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud..

According to Debby Montgomery Johnson, “What we learned about this group of scammers was incredible! The FBI was very professional, and the support provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the dozens of victims was amazing.”

SCARS was in the courtroom in Plano, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) in support of the victims appearing and for the millions that could not attend. SCARS is the only crime victims’ assistance organization that focuses on relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? in all of their forms, aiding victims in every way possible.

This scammer, named “Moses Moreira” received a 14-year sentence for his part in scamming dozens of victims across the U.S.

We are immensely proud of the scam survivorsSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on Anyscam.com who appeared in Federal Court facing their scammer and asking the court for the most serious sentence possible.

Great job ladies for the courage you showed today!

It is through efforts like this with the FBI, Federal Prosecutors, and support for the victims that allow for sentencing to put scammers away for a decade or more!

In moments like these, we see that the system does work. This is why it is so important that EVERY scam be reported to the FBI on www.IC3.gov, to the FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov at http://reportfraud.FTC.gov, and to SCARS at www.Anyscam.com

SCARS was right there in the courtroom helping victims achieve justice.

To learn more about SCARS visit www.AgainstScams.org – to learn more about 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. click here.

Congratulations to all of this scammer organization’s victims on the conviction and sentencing of your scammers in Dallas!

North Texas Man Moses Moreira Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Multi-Million Dollar International Fraud Scheme - Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

North Texas Man Moses Moreira Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Multi-Million Dollar International 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. Scheme – Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

Thank you Debby Butz Montgomery Johnson for flying to support the victims on behalf of SCARS!

According to one of the romance scam victims testifying and presenting their Victim Impact Statements:

“With the information shared in court by the FBI, I re-lived my scam again. Being able to verbalize my thoughts & feelings to the court & the money muleMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes. was satisfying. I was not expecting an apology from him. I am very appreciative to the FBI & the court. They have been actively arresting these guys! Today was a big step in my recovery.”

Remember: This is why reporting every scammer is so important!

Please note, many have mistakenly identified this criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. as a “Money Mule” but he is not. He is a co-conspirator and active participant in this criminal enterprise!

In Part 2

In part 2, listen to an interview with one of the victims and our own Debby Montgomery Johnson who were there that day in the courtroom! Click here for Part 2

Background Information

From The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas’ press release on Monday, April 5, 2021:

A Carrollton, Texas man named “Moses Moreira” has pled guilty to federal violations announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Moses Moreira, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud on April 1, 2021, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak.

“The identification and disruption of white-collar fraud schemes, and the vigorous prosecution of the criminals responsible for them, is a top priority for the Eastern District of Texas,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “It is our mission to make internet communication and commerce as safe as possible and rooting out online fraud schemes—such as the one here—are an integral part of that process.”

According to court documents, Moreira worked with co-conspirators to devise and execute an online fraud scheme, which involved, among other things, fabricating false identities and stories to entice victims and ultimately lure money from them.  Moreira and his co-conspirators used the fraudulently obtained funds for personal purchases and converted portions of these funds for use in international shipping. According to the indictment, at least 80 victims sent money to Moreira and his co-conspirators, with at least 60 victims sending money directly to Moreira or accounts controlled by Moreira. These victims have lost a combined total of approximately $4 million.  Moreira was indicted on Feb. 10, 2021 and charged with federal violations.

Under federal statutes, Moreira faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

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  1. Mandy Böttcher November 5, 2021 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Liebes Team,

    bitte sofort bei mir melden. Die ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. haben nun ein neues Level erreicht und schreiben mich nun unter den Originalen Namen an von dem Sie die Fotos geklaut haben. Der Name ist Kevin Snook. Bitte geben Sie daß unbedingt weiter an Herrn Snook. Vielen Dank.

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