The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday unsealed a 252-count, 145-page federal indictment charging 80 defendants – most of them Nigerian nationals – with conspiring to steal millions of dollars through online frauds that targeted businesses, the elderly and women.
Federal authorities cited the case of one of those romance-scam victims during a news conference on Thursday.
Identified only as “F.K.” in the indictment, the Japanese woman first met the fraudster who would come to bleed her of hundreds of thousands of dollars on an international social network for digital pen pals.
F.K. thought she was corresponding with a captain in the US Army captain, “Capt. Terry Garcia”, who was stationed in Syria. Over the course of 10 months, Garcia described in daily emails his scheme to smuggle diamonds out of the country.
F.K. borrowed money from her sister, her ex-husband and her friends to help out her fake boyfriend, but in the end, there were no diamonds.
She wound up $200,000 poorer and on the verge of bankruptcy. From the federal complaint:
F.K. was and is extremely depressed and angry about these losses. She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her.
The indictment was unsealed after law enforcement arrested 14 defendants across the US, with 11 of those arrests taking place around Los Angeles. Two of the defendants were already in federal custody on other charges, and one was arrested earlier last week. The hunt is still on for most of the remaining defendants, who are believed to be abroad – mostly in Nigeria.
The conspirators allegedly used various online fraud schemes, including business email compromise (BEC) frauds, romance scams, and schemes targeting the elderly, to defraud victims of a total $6 million. The suspects also allegedly tried to get at another $40 million.
According to the criminal complaint, which was also unsealed on Thursday, the two heads of the conspiracy were Valentine Iro, 31, of Carson, California, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, of Gardena, California, both Nigerian citizens. They were basically brokers of bank accounts, the indictment alleges: co-conspirators would allegedly contact Iro and Igbokwe in order to set them up with bank and money-service accounts that could receive the funds they allegedly scammed out of victims.
Once the conspirators managed to talk victims into sending money, Iro and Igbokwe allegedly ran a massive money-laundering network that relied on a network of money mules who used a Nigerian banking application to transfer funds from their US bank accounts in naira (₦) – the currency of Nigeria. They moved money from Nigerian bank accounts they controlled to the Nigerian bank accounts specified by Iro and Igbokwe.
The two alleged ringleaders would set up bank accounts with a specific business name, if necessary, to trick companies into making payments. Besides cooking up accounts with fake business names that mirrored the names of legitimate companies, members of the conspiracy would also routinely file fictitious business name statements with the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder’s Office. Those statements would then be presented to banks when the fake accounts were opened.
Law enforcement arrested two defendants who they claim were money mules: Jerry Ikogho, 50, of Carson, California, who was taken into custody on the Sunday preceding the unsealing of the indictment, and Adegoke Moses Ogungbe, 34, of Fontana, California.
The US is charging each of the 80 defendants with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft. A number of the defendants also face fraud and money laundering charges. Some of the defendants are also facing charges of operating illegal money transmitting businesses.
Iro, Igbokwe and Chuks Eroha, 39, are also facing charges for attempting to destroy their phones when the FBI executed a search warrant in July 2017. Iro also is charged with lying to the FBI in an interview conducted during the search. Eroha is believed to have fled to Nigeria shortly after the FBI executed the warrant.
Increase in reported romance scams
During Thursday’s press conference, Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles office warned about the escalating danger of romance scams.
Earlier this month, the FBI’s online crime division – the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – issued a warning about the rising number of faux lover-boys and -girls who are turning to online dating sites to run romance or confidence frauds. Besides talking marks into sending money, a rising trend for these con artists is to try to talk them into becoming money mules or drug runners, the FBI said.
We’ve seen plenty of these scams in past years: FBI numbers show that in 2017, more than 15,000 people filed complaints with the IC3, alleging that they were victims of romance/confidence frauds and reporting losses of more than $211 million. The following year – 2018 – that number skyrocketed by more than 70%: the number of victims filing complaints increased to more than 18,000, and they reported more than $362 million in losses.
Based on the number of victims, this type of fraud was the seventh most commonly reported scam last year. Money-wise, it was the second costliest scam in terms of losses reported by those victims. It’s ensnaring every type of victim, regardless of age, education or income bracket, the FBI says, though the most targeted demographics are the elderly, women, and widows or widowers.
This is how these swindles go: First, the conman or woman gets their victim’s trust. Then, they try to convince them to send money, whether it’s for an airfare to visit, to ostensibly bail them out when they claim to have gotten arrested en route, to prove they can be trusted, to buy a home for the heartthrob they’ve never met, or for any other of an endless litany of sob stories.
It works. It works far too often.
Romance scams are only one of the ways that this massive conspiracy made its profits. As court papers describe, BEC was also a big money machine.
BEC scams and the amount of profits they’re netting crooks are exploding. In its 2018 Internet Crime Report, the FBI said that it received 20,373 BEC/email account compromise (EAC) complaints, reflecting losses of over $1.2 billion, last year.
The scams typically involve legitimate business email accounts that have been compromised, be it through social engineering or computer intrusion, to initiate unauthorized transfers.
They’re getting increasingly sophisticated. From the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report:
In 2013, BEC/EAC scams routinely began with the hacking or spoofing of the email accounts of chief executive officers or chief financial officers, and fraudulent emails were sent requesting wire payments be sent to fraudulent locations. Through the years, the scam has seen personal emails compromised, vendor emails compromised, spoofed lawyer email accounts, requests for W-2 information, and the targeting of the real estate sector.
We saw an example of an EAC scam in the real estate sector earlier this year when we learned about a woman getting swindled out of $150,000 from the overseas sale of her house in Australia.
More recently, a North Carolina county fell for a BEC scam, to the tune of $1,728,083. It could have been even worse: Cabarrus County managed to claw back some of a total $2,504,601 it paid to a scammer posing as a contractor working on building a new high school.
The crooks used social engineering to pose as Branch and Associates, which is a general contractor that’s working on building a new school for the Cabarrus County Schools District.
Everybody’s a target
Clearly, the fraudsters are going after anybody and everybody, be it women looking for love on dating or pen-pal sites, the elderly or companies they can social-engineer money out of. In Thursday’s press conference, US Attorney Nick Hanna said that fraud networks are now targeting individuals and businesses alike:
In the BEC scams, the fraudsters will often hack a company’s email system, impersonate company personnel, and direct payments to bank accounts that funnel money back to the fraudsters in Nigeria. In the romance scams, victims think they are developing a dating relationship, when in fact they are just being tricked into sending money to the fraudsters.
Hanna said that authorities believe this is “one of the largest cases” of its kind in US history.
To learn more about romance scams, watch Alice and Duck discuss how crooks recruit money mules from dating sites.
(Watch directly on YouTube if the video won’t play here.)
61 comments on “Romance scams – 80 people charged with ripping off millions of dollars”
Where do I turn a scam into the authorities
If you’re in the USA, the website is nice and easy to remember:
IC3 is short for ICCC, which is short for Internet Crime Complaint Center.
To be a bit more complete, here is what IC3 says on its own reporting page:
I’m a victim – I’ve been too embarrassed to tell anyone – as how could I’ve been such a fool. I don’t know who to tell or share my information too.
If you’re in the USA you might want to look on https://ic3.gov/ to see if it is worth reporting. That’s the government Internet Crome Complaint Center web portal.
I have same experienced as you and I nearly go to suicide cuz I am under bankrupt. The guy now appear again and I keep reporting still not catching him yet.
That sucks, don’t hurt yourself I understand where your coming from, you probably feel ashamed, embarrassed ,foolish, kicking yourself in the butt, BUT no one or nothing is worth you taking your life for, pick yourself up and don;t let them bring you down, I know it’s hard and easier said then done, and trust me I’m there with you
I’m being scammed by a French man called Benoit Lefevre from Nice. Says he’s a gold mine owner in Mali. Spoken on the phone and he sounds African and not French. Sent me pics of 2 different guys. Not got a penny from me and he never will.
Hey, I know how you feel. This happened to me recently and I do too feel stupid and foolish I got scammed. I recently opened an account for this person and now I could owe the bank $500. Thank God it’s only a little bit of money, but I still can’t afford to pay this kind of money. I called the bank and filed fraudulent activities on my account. I feel your pain and know how distraught you are, but please know that your suffering is only temporary. Don’t give a scum bag that much power over you by committing suicide. Seek therapy or even go to church to start the healing process. With time life with get better. Don’t be ashamed because we all are searching for love and sometimes it doesn’t work out. Love, peace and light to you.
I was extorted and I too have been to embarrassed too tell anyone. I tried to report but no government agency ii tried call ever returned my call.
The easiest way and place to report scams like this is online via the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3.
I’ve been in contact with a FBI agent from San Antonio, TX because my scammer sent me a check, and when I called the company it was drawn off of, the said it was fraud, I ended up faxing a copy to them, they then contacted this FBI agent and he called me and has been working with me on my case, but he told me they are swamped with theses cases, and NOT to expect to get any or very little of the the money back.
I’m the same… I been giving giving 50k. All my money including I borrowed from family n friends….. This man told me his wife dead. His daughter needs medical help. He show me all the photos/ passport and banking info…… I can’t believe this happing to me . I hope there is some where I can report and they will get caught!!! Go to jails….I don’t know what to do now. My Bank closed my account they told me is romance scam. I still believe they are wrong….. Till now I Realized everything it’s lies.
I pray for those who play our kind heart god will punish them.
I pray for money return which everyone told me don’t dream about that! I’m so embarrassing and sad!
The hurt and Shame will still be there after you report it, believe me, I’m living it now and it hurts. You must report it to https://ic3.gov/ be sure to have everything ready to be put on the form. These scammers will never be stopped if all the victims, us, keep silent. Help the Feds build their database of Crimes to help stop this. You’re not alone, there’s !millions of us. If you can help by reporting on online you have to.
Don’t feel embarrassed, I’m in the same boat, and although I have filled out the form on the IC3 website and haven’t heard anything, but it will make you feel better, trust me.
I’m in similar situation. I still comunicate with guy. Please help where to go and what to do. Is there are any chances of return my money?
Lot of shame attached.
Are any of these SCAMMERS on a platform in the gulf of mexico sea near Louisiana?…
Thanks… can you give any names of the ones charged?… I know someone on a platform in the sea… actually a couple people…
Besides the defendants named in the story, you can click through to the indictment (it’s linked, above) to get the full list of names.
Where and how can I turn someone in that is very possibly scamming people?… if i give the name and location of a person and maybe a pic also, will someone go to where they are and act under cover and check them out,?
Thank you for your reply…
You can report online scams via the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3 for short:
There is no point in going to look for the scammers where they say they are, or using the photos they sent you. In a romance scam, the whole thing is a pack of lies – the names, the locations and the photos are all fake, and so is the story.
That’s why the scammers often choose weird places that you can’t possibly get to – offshore, overseas, far away, and so on – so that you can’t check up on them.
It happened to me in 2016 but luckily the Ghana Police brought the perpetrators to justice. I met Esther on a dating site and we were compatible so she decided she visits me in Toronto to get to know ourselves, I sent over $60,000 for documents and ticket but it always come another excuse, curiously I asked the Embassy that redirected me to contact the Ghana Crime Unit. Beware Of scam
I would like to b anonymous but I had a similar romance scam. The dude’s name [redacted]. He claimed to be from Los Angeles but I feel was really from Nigeria. Anyway,he claimed to be working as a contractor. He made me believe that if I sent him $620 to his company [redacted] that he would send me $250,000.00 of course I sent him the $620. I never received the money cause the money got tied up in customs to where he wanted me to send him additional money of 15,000.00 but I did’nt cause I did’nt have it. But the money of $620 that I did send he used for online account so he could still keep in touch w/me online. This dude got so desperate that I cut off all communication when he tried to blackmail me by claiming he had pics of me which he was threating to put on social media. So all in all my advice is it’s just best to stay off of social media & only interact w/ur real life friends. Futhermore, u guys need to look @ an app called hangouts cause people overseas will try to communicate this way because for them it’s private. From Ohio & u guys keep up the good work on informing people
I too was almost scam , David on POF dating site, told me that a friend of his was interest in me but he didnt do dating site. David give me his email [redacted] . i got in contact with him, texting for about two to three weeks, He never mention my name so that give me a hint this guy who claim to work for five hundred company , is a subcontractor working to get a bid on a contract in Jefferson City Mo , He claim to be born in England and his wife die in car accident which make him to be a widow, has a 17 yrs old daughter. Who very sick . so this pass monday he text me asking me to do him a favor . Go to Walmart . I told him what kind of favor , iam here in Florida you live in Benton Mo. He got upset curse me out. His number is [redacted]. He claim to be 60 years of age and born July 7 . I also got trap but i think he using someone else identity , He has send me picture which I believe isnt him. He claim he been in the USA only for five years. I call him his real name the Con Man he need to get caught . Who know how many more he romantic con in believing he a lover boy. With his hand in your pocket. I have reported him . pray he get jail time. Not me
The same pretty much happened to me he tried to blackmail me out of $4k
I have talked to persons trying to scam me, I downloaded an app called catfish which identified pics scammers sent, I also know that if they ask for money the person is a scam. I stay off hangouts.
My mom has been being scammed for 15 months she gave away all her business money n over 150.000.00 western union itune cards money orders and mailing several packages there is no resourses the authorities in our town sad to cut her access off from cell phones and internet service but she owns a business my family and I have done everything possible she just now stopped sending anyting 2 weeks ago my mom is counting change to buy food she gave all the money away is unbelievable but she still believes that [Redacted] is a real person there is absolutely no resources nowhere
Looks like F.K. got what she deserved for being willing to help in a smuggling operation. The rest I’ll have pity for.
But the question everyone wants to know; Were any of the Nigerians arrested a prince?
Actually, she might have “got what she deserved” IF she had been caught, tried, convicted and sentenced for her criminal activity. Unless and until, she is simply another victim.
I realize that there are romance scams. I came close to falling for one but smartened up and blocked the scammer. What I don’t understand is why these individuals fall and send inordinate amounts of money? I know that there and vulnerable women.,,but please….you can’t be that desperate to meet and find a man.
My parents were married for 50 plus years my dad passed away and my mom got on Facebook to find her old friends in the scammer got my mom good he took all of her money that my dad left she gave all the money from her business that she owns that I worked at for 40 years she’s counting change fair food I would have never imagined this out of my mom she’s a very smart business woman and there is no resources it’s very sad and heartbreaking for the family
Hope they go to prison scammers
Hello. I was on POF website, lured onto “hangouts.” Man claimed to be [redacted]. Was not, actually [redacted]. Ran a ponzi scheme named “[redacted].” On romance scammers and scam haters websites it says they are stolen pictures of [redacted], WRONG! It is him using varying aliases. I know this because I video chatted with him on “Hangouts.” He is one and the same. He sent me a fake french passport. State dept. told me so. He thinks he is safe with his russian comrades. Wrong! He will cross the wrong person and his schemes and heartbreak scams will soon end.
if u don’t mind me asking what was his name? was it initials / J M..
I listened to your presentation and saw my whole romance scam replay before my eyes, but there was a slight twist to my story. I received an indictment to appear in a court in another State. I am devasted right now!!
I almost believed that someone in nowhere will gonna love me for hours. I met this guy in Insta, he started chatting me and moved to whatsapp and later on, in hangouts which i downloaded it. He started telling me that he was a doctor in Afghanistan and work for United Nations, his wife died in an accident and he was inlove just a few hours and he needs someone to take care of his son named Kevin, 13yo and i started doubting when he asks money to send in Cyprus Military Academy where his son stays and studied. But the number he was using was from Ohio, USA. And his voice doesn’t match the American Accent, sounds Niger. I even ask him he says that he has a brother in the USA.. And the man named [redacted-1](hangouts), [redacted-2](facebook) and [redacted-3](insta) which I saved the fake pictures. I know his real name, didn’t stopped on researching his identity until i saw the real he. Atlast, i found him in facebook, he’s a Young Nigerian boy.
Check this out.. [redacted].. where his profile was American man but when you see his album, and some of the pics it’s the real him. And he even using the name of [redacted-2].
I can tell you my scammer was extremely cunning, he contacted me through Facebook apparently he was able to get people to accept him as a friend on Facebook once he did that he started requesting to be friends of their friends and that’s how I ended up getting connected with him. His Facebook profile looks legitimate and he was a very handsome man so I was taken by surprise… spoke to him several times on the phone prior to him beginning his scam about going to Scotland on a job and then not being able to access his funds while he was there. I feel like an absolute idiot but I am told that lawyers nurses and doctors have also been scammed, I’m not an ignorant woman and am a medical professional, this person scammed me a little more than six months after my husband died and I was sad and lonely and it was nice to have the attention… He ended up being a 28 year old scammer in Nigeria.
Sounds like that is my scammer he is in Scotland. Supposed to live in Texas. Phone. Area code says from Texas I hope they all rot . I lost only $200 in itune cards Best of luck to u. Be careful
yes, these scammers use VOIP, voice over internet protocal systems, they can make it look like they are calling from anywhere in the usa. yes, they do have money-runners, my scammer claims to be from pottstown, pa, stole patricia sarquis’ pics, a brazilian model to use as their own pics, claims to [name removed], i can’t find any existence of such a person, & the pic of driver’s license was totally fake, a pennsylvainia driver’s license with a pic of the golden gat bridge form california, they are damn good @ what they do, but are very easily detected. they are so greedy, they don’t think they will ever be caught!!!!
Sounds exactly like my scammer. Said he was under contract as a supervisor on an oil rig in the North a sea. Wife and children died in a car accident 7 years ago. He was from Austin Tx. Very smooth talker. In about 4 days time he said he was falling in love with me. Sent love songs constantly. 2 weeks later, he started asking for money. Small amounts at first. I got suspicious and started checking him out. Turns out, his profile pic was that of a man in Florida. He also wanted to communicate with me through Hangouts. He never answered my questions. Too many red flags for me. I deleted Hangouts. Haven’t heard from him since. Said his name was Billy [REDACTED]. Profile pic was of [REDACTED].
Most times you guys are been scammed simply because you over look the right person behind you and you where busy looking for a love far away from you,learn to love the person next to you?
ANONYMOUS,l liked to played a very popular word game& was very good it was fun until you go on & the questions start. Do you you have WhatsApp,can you go to HANGOUTS?? so we can talk a little more privately.l was BOMBARDED WITH PICTURES THAT DIDN’T MATCH, requests for my phone# & PHONE CALLS FROM A GUY who said he was a WIDOWER WITH TWIN GIRLS WHO LIVED IN HAWAII WITH A TEXAS AREA CODE,It didn’t add up.l enjoyed playing the game but after a while it was just TOO ANNOYING to go on & be pounced on. It would seem all the time & effort they use to DESTROY PEOPLE’S LIVES COULD BE USED TO DO SOMETHING GOOD. I was alert to possible SCAMMERS,IT IS VERY REAL& THEY DON’T CARE WHO THEY HURT.!!I feel bad for those people caught in their VICIOUS PLOTS TO HURT BOTH MEN & WOMEN,Truth be KNOWN they WILL JUST ANOTHER SCAM.
They need to come down hard on them this should not be happened. I think that should pay back every thing.and spend a list.a year.in jail they need to have something like that happen to them. But they just think free money.dont let them have phones
So very true. I’m a victim, out $8000.00 dollars. I’m struggling now because of this. Should have known better. And there is really no help in recovery of my funds. I have all kinds of information about this man, but no one has followed thru, they have more resources then myself. A lesson learned, an expensive one.
I feel so sorry for you the same thing happened to my mom she only cut them off two weeks ago but now they are harassing the entire family but I have been begging her day after day to please believe me that this so-called man was a scammer there is no resources the authorities in that area where I live there’s nothing they can do it’s pretty much my mom lost all her money she’s counting change now she owns a business that’s going under that we have worked together for 40 years it’s just so sad I love my mom but I have so much anger towards her I had to sit and watch her just give all the money away there was nothing I can do I’ve stopped several loans at Banks Cut Her Off from buying iTune cards Western Unions even went to the courthouse and try to file papers before my mom lost everything and absolutely nobody would help me nobody cares anymore
Me too i am a victim by a scammer person…And that scammer used US ARMY pictures and videos…Then she ask me for a help…Like she need 1000$usd to pay her leave permit because,she really want to leave at the camp immediately…And she said that she come over here in philippines to meet me and take me to california for a couple…Together with her daughter…And i send her 600$ till i find out that she is a scammer ..Because my friend told me to search the name of the person on google and yes i found the answer..the scammer copy all pictures and videos of THE US ARMY WOMAN…its too late because i already send money to the scammer…The scammer used hangout apps..She hackeD my first account on facebook…Until now i dont know how to start..I lost everYthing..
Hello. People need to know 3 basic techniques of romanc scammers: 1st=The love bomb, the person loves you, etc. 2nd=The control & isolation, then the devaluing of the individual. Back & forth manipulation. 3rd=The discard, after they achieve their goal. No empathy, or compassion necessary. This is a full-time job for the scammer. The tales told to the romantic interest are FALSE! NEVER SEND MONEY WHATSOEVER! For no matter what reason. For the uninformed, these type of romance scams are psychological cyber warfare.
♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️❤️. North Carolina
This also happened to me. I was scammed out of $1,000.
Things would be easier if social media did not allow interacting in between Western, Asian and African countries, we all have different cultures and different levels governance in our countries, this is why most of these Internet criminals are based abroad, because they know they can´t be touched there even if you know their names, in some countries they don´t have the means to go after these criminals.
You can read in the article how the only ones arrested are those living i the US, the others will never be charged, this is for a reason.
MJ…N.C…..i think I’m being scammed. He is always asking for 100.00cards. He says he is in the US ARMY.
I was scammed by a very highly organized and tech savvy group…
I will say they work together networking to their targeted victims…
I was presented with fake contracts,listings of homes, and even financial institution site similar to the real one…had that investigated…they even have international law enforcement fooled as they present fake facts and get away with it…so a deal in US went bad when downpayment went to an Asian account…..at HSBC..a well respected bank right?? Like I said they are highly tech savvy and can simulate just about anything..so BE AWARE!!
Yes alot of scammers I’ve met on these sites Baddo, Mingle, and tinder .same stories lost wives ,single dads all the sudden ask money for different pattern of things ,posting pictures that dont match etc please ladies watch.
It is not just dating sites … they are also using any online games with chat features. When I first started playing Words with Chums a few months ago I was shocked when no less than 5 guys sent me chats at the beginning of the game … each one of them with a similar story … offshore contractors, recently widowed with a teenage daughter. I started chatting offline with 2 of them and within two days they started asking for me to purchase iTunes cards. I guess they start small and work their way up to the big bucks. I suppose if a lot of ppl sent the $20 it would be decent money. I immediately recognized it as a scam.
Back in 1974 I met a farm family who nearly lost the farm because a phone scammer got a hold of Grandpa. How to avoid these scams might be another one of the 100’s of things that should be taught in our schools but isn’t.
I myself was a victim of a romance scam a few yeaes back. Never experienced such heartache as i did with the scammer. Since then i learned more about scammers and how they operate. So since then i been chasing scammers for fun. I do believe i have some persons on my friends list and i can almost say 99.9% they are all involved especially the one i have been chatting with for 2 years next month. I have conversations between alot of them ive had my guy try n get me to recieve gifts and send to him. One day he asked if id except a money transfer to my account and we would make money that would help him come here . Lmao.. It started out only being 6000 then next day it was 50000 i agreed but my thought was i was contacting the RCMP and was going to have them counteract the money az they tried to put through then nail them to the wall but like i said im positive i have a bunch of friends that are definitely involved.
Similar… I know of a person who wanted me to go and pick up a box st a ware house containing…’40,000,000′ dollars in it and said everything will be alright… He said he would give me the details soon… I told him I had no way to go anywhere to do this, so he said dong worry, that he would have someone deliver it to me and he would give me details soon… I have photos this person sent me and their name, they used…
Also I have photos of them on a platform in the sea they sent me and the location…
Please would someone check this out and get back with me and let me know whats going on?…
No one has $40 million lying around in a box ready to drop off at your place. Stop replying to these people. Don’t respond to any more of their lies. Don’t even reply to tell them you’re not going to talk to them any more, or they’ll feed you more lies to ‘explain’ all the lies so far. Just ignore them. They’re messing with you, with their bull**** oil platform photos that they found on the internet and their bull**** box with 40 million bull**** dollars in it.
I.was scammed to.from nigeria he said he was doing a conctract in nigeria. I reported him i.also was blackmailed on.photo his app was hangout kixi just dont know what to do
Met a military man on a dating site and we were compatible and chat private and said he was stationed in Iraq and had a son who was doing a research in Ghana and fell ill and needed my help so I started sending money until later this man Mr.Cooney(not real name) told me he found gold and was to ship to me and later claim it , later I was called to pay taxes ,reported to the authorities and was asked to contact the country Police where I sent money to that is Ghana and I found the Ghana police on LinkedIn and the guy was arrested.
Beware of scam!