The scammer creates a fake online dating profile that depicts photographs of an attractive man or woman alongside descriptions of the fictitious person.
The fraudulent email instructs the victim to wire money to a bank account controlled by conspirators.
The scammer then uses this fake person to express romantic interest in the victim in order to trick him or her into sending money to the scammer.
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In addition, two related cases charging additional defendants with various counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and conspiracies to commit these offenses are currently pending in federal court in Atlanta.
Connors, Russell Phillips, and John Ghose are prosecuting the case.