It’s criminal

You hear from us fairly often about imposter scams. In recent months, we’ve told you about IRS imposters, romance scams, and work-at-home scams. We always give you tips on how to spot and avoid these scams. We tell you about the cases we’ve brought to shut down the scammers. But, as a civil law enforcement agency, we don’t often get to tell you about the criminal charges brought against the scammers. Until today.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the extradition of six Nigerian nationals from South Africa to Mississippi to face a nine-count federal indictment for various Internet frauds. These six people join 15 others who were previously charged with, among other things, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, and money laundering.

What were the scams? According to the indictment, the defendants found and reached out to their potential victims through online dating websites and work-at-home opportunities. In some cases, they carried on so-called romantic relationships with their targets, trying to get their victims to do things like re-ship merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards, deposit counterfeit checks, and send money to the defendants – whether via wiring money or sending prepaid debit cards.

Here’s where you come in. If you know someone who lost money or information to romance, reshipping, fake check, or work-at-home scammers, please tell them to visit DOJ’s announcement. Why? Because there’s a list of aliases and email addresses that the defendants allegedly used in carrying out these scams. If you recognize a name or email address, you could help in the investigation of these crimes.

It’s not every day you get to help lock up alleged bad guys. Unless, of course, you work at the Department of Justice, the US Postal Inspection Service, or Homeland Security Investigations – all of which had a hand in this case. Please check out the list and see if you might have information to share with the investigators.


I would like to see companies prosecuted for illegally accessing people's credit reports and establishing fraudulent accounts. I just recently became aware of this type of activity because it happened to me. Hughes Network Systems fraudulently ran my credit and established an account for Internet services. I have never had any communications with Hughes Network Systems. Based upon the research that I have done, this activity is widespread. Hughes Network Systems needs to be stopped and prosecuted.

If someone stole your personal information and misused it, go to to find out what to do. You can also file a report with the FTC at

Scammer had used website and put serve at Germany that scam They used paper origin from Firstbank Nigeria to write documents but stamp Firstbank Benin that released documents to scam me about 40,000$ How can i get back money in only fake a visa card fake from Firstbank Benin

You can report this problem at  Government agencies will look at the complaints and use them in investigations.

If you sent money by wire, you can't get it back. Contact the wire transfer company that you used and report what happened. Wire transfer companies want to know if someone is using the service for fraud.

If you gave your bank account number or credit card number, contact your bank or credit card company and explain what happened. If someone has your account numbers, they can keep taking your money.


I was contacted by someone claiming I was being sued by IRS for back taxes. I owe no taxes and I can not get the phone number they called from, nothing but a strange busy signal. Tell folks to be on the lookout for this scam.

I received a very similar call, two in the same day. Each rolled to our answering machine. I was able to ID the phone number. Then I copied the message down and filed a complaint with both the FTC and an IRS fraud site (can't recall the name of the latter.
The message said, "The IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. Call us at (same number that was on the caller ID)."

Debt collector claiming they are representing NRC Phone # 1866 625 6433 threatening to legal action .Send Sherriff and calling family member to harass them for me ?

If you have problems with a debt collector, report them to your state Attorney General’s office, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

I have kept some of the emails from some of the scams.

You can forward emails to the FTC at We will enter it into a database that the FTC and law enforcement partners use to generate cases against people who use spam to spread false or misleading information about their products or services.

Hello Department of Justice,
I want to say I think you have done a great job and a great service to everyone! Please keep doing your excellent work , thank you!

One of the names shown is Stacy Adams, had contact with a person saying her name was Stacy Amato. Wanted to purchase our timeshare with a check for $10,000 when we were asking only $7,000. When I refused to accept and told her was contacting my attorney. Never heard from her again.

Today I received a phone call from 213-375-0946. They claim to be from IRS, and if I don't pay up - I will go to jail.

I get a laugh out of the letters and then delete them. The people who "write" them are supposed to be BIG Bank managers, BIG business me or Government Officials who can't write a proper letters. I don't bother with online dating sites.

Good Job!!

Please remember that if any real government agency, utility, or even bank will say that you owe them, they will send you a letter on that, not call you. Anything else is clearly a scam. Also, no computer tech company will ever call you out of the blue and say that your computer isn't working well. Seriously, how exactly did they know this from just calling you? One way to stop them is to force them to reveal their real name if the way they talk seems weird for the name they use, and they will most likely hang up after being real defensive. Overall, if the FTC really wants to stop such scam calls, they should go after the source because some of these businesses doing them have plenty of cells and shutting down one of them can always get them to using another one, so hitting them at their central base is the way to really stop them otherwise they will never stop.

I think I was scam by the alleged name their website http with Mark Litt my supervisor? I work at home as home base inspector. I have sign up an Employment Agreement with $2,500 a month way back April 2015.He send empty boxes send thru UPS.I send the items thru USPS which he send me online postage? I send and scan of the supporting documents to his email address. I have all the transaction on my file? When the time of my one month suppose of my salary, I cannot contact them anymore? I cannot login anymore. His contact information call his direct phone and even the toll free number I cannot access anymore? Even the HR number is disconnected I can give you the telephone number of Mark Litt 908 962 7101 and the toll free phone 1 855 291 2438.After all the items has been ship, I did not hear them anymore.All the telephone cannot be contacted anymore. One time one package is not accepted by the USPS because the online stamps is lacking in weight and there is a Notice inside warning me if of my involvement in the transaction. I scan it and sent to Mark? and he said he will research on it.
I search his name in scammer .com and I saw his face, but I have to pay for further searc but I do not have the money to pay because I am unemployed, no job since last year?
So I make this comments with the help that this office can help me? They scam me by not paying my salary as Home base inspector? I am ready to tell how they scam operate? Thank you for reading my story

 According to the FBI, some scammers hire people to ship packages, sometimes to locations outside the US. It could be that the things you ship were bought with a stolen credit card  and sent to you so you can re-ship them.

If gave the scammer your bank account information so he could “pay” you, contact your bank. If a scammer has your bank account number, he can take your money. If you gave him your personal information like your Social Security number, go to for tips about what to do.

You can report this to the FTC at The information will go into a database that law enforcement uses to investigate.

These crooks are getting exactly what they deserve. Thanks FTC


Iam told Ihave funds in Nigeria and that I have to send the barrister 90 pounds sterling to clear the funds via the british consoul in order to bring it to the UK
IS THIS ANOTHER SCAM THE MONEY Is SUPOSED to be coming from the united nations as recompence for money previously scammed

The United Nations website warns people that it does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates or compensate people for Internet fraud. Go to the United Nations website for more information.

Sometimes scammers contact people who lost money and offer to help them recover money. But they want you to pay a fee for their help. In the US it is against the law for someone to take a fee before they help you get a refund. The Telemarketing Sales Rule says they cannot ask for — or accept — payment until seven business days after they deliver the money or other item they recovered to you.

If you have emails about this, please forward them to The information goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. You can also report this to the FTC at Investigators from the US and other countries use the database.

Are there "specific" wbsites to report these "scams"?!..I get them from Bank of America (and other banks), U.S.diplomats", FBI"and"IRS"agents,and others. I'd LOVE to help jail those CROOKS..that "prey" on people..apparently, DUMBER than they are !

You can file a complaint with the FTC at, and with your state Attorney General’s office and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

If you have emails, please forward them to The information goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I had put in some online applications a loan . I revived a phone call stating that I was eligible to borrow $10,000.00 dollars based on my income. They asked for $200.00 down to cover the insurance on the loan. This $200.00 would be given back to me with a loan balance of $10,200.00 dollars. I would have to pay back a total of $12,500.00 in 5 years. I agreed to send the money via money gram by request. They promised that the funds would be in my account three hours after I initiated the money gram. I shipped the money gram to the name that he gave me "Oriol Funta Zazo". To Tampa Florida . I gave the loan rep "Adam Ryan " of MG Finance all of my bank account info. I waited for three hours and I recieve a phone call back from Adam Ryan. He says that my bank account was flagged and that the loan dept was requesting $300.00 more dollars to process this loan due to my credit worthyness. I was mad and I told Adam that this was a scam. He said that it was not. I requested my $200.00 back . He said that it would take a long process to get my money back. He assured me that I would recieve $10,500,00 dollars by loan if I sent the othe $300.00 dollars by money gram. I did not have the funds so I waited three weeks and sent the other $300.00 dollars by money gram to Kenny Dave in Michigan . One again Adam claims that I will recieve funds in three hours. The same thing happens again. This time he says system failure and it may take 12 hours. After 12 hours he says that it may take 12 to 30 days. I simy told him not to call me back. That his scam worked. Is there a way I can get my money back?

If you have to pay a fee in advance for a "guaranteed" loan or credit card – you’re dealing with a scam. Legitimate lenders never promise loans or credit cards before you apply, especially if you have bad credit, no credit, or a bankruptcy. Legitimate lenders don’t pressure their customers to wire money, and you have little recourse if there’s a problem with a wire transaction. For more information, see Advance-Fee Loans.

What I would like to know is are there any real Home Base Work know that is just good work,and if do why is it so hard to find? Do the U.S.Government
have a list online of known legitimate Work From HOME Businesses and if not where can I locate such a list.

list online of known legitimate Work From Home Business

The federal government does not have a list online of known legitimate work-at-home businesses.

If you’re thinking about following up on a work-at-home offer, do your homework. The FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule has safeguards in place to make sure you have the information you need to tell whether a work-at-home opportunity is a risky business. Under the Rule, sellers have to give you a one-page disclosure document that offers key pieces of information about the opportunity. Use the information in the disclosure document to fact-check what the seller tells you.

For more information, see Work-at-Home Businesses

Just a note that the scammers are using the comments sections in newsmedia website, notably the ones that employ Facebook plug in service to media organizations, and they put the spam scam comment and put in the contact websites, in body of comment. In these cases, if you do not have a Facebook account you cannot make comment to news article nor can you flag the thing as 'spam'. I have had to contact up here in Canada, website administrators for such things. It seems the scammers can bypass the filters and such; why is this happening? In Canada, we too have anti spam law now, and so it goes on, now like this. Glad to hear though one spammer got caught, Stanford Wallace and now to hear the success of this long reach for the people in this case, will hopefully look forward to more successes to shut these things down. Also, the scam spam in the comments sections on these newsites, well the true nature of just what the 'work at home' is, and also for example, some guy who was advertising 'private loans' one might be forgiven to think that maybe there is more nefarious workings behind these scam things than just mooks wanting to take our hard earned money away from us. Glad to know that there are ways to report and get someone in authority to look into and yes bring it to a successful case end and even some people actually going to jail for doing criminal things to folks. Keep up the great work, even if it does seem like whack a mole, one by one, it adds up.

What should you do if the get your rusume with pesonly information on it , they look like a great company at first ?

If you gave someone your bank, credit card or Social Security account numbers or other important personal and financial information, you can start by checking your free annual credit report. 

The annual credit report article explains how to get your report. After you get the report, check it carefully. If you see that someone used your information to take a loan or get a credit card or do other things without your permission, go to That site explains what to do if identity theft happens.


I met someone on a date site and have talked to them for 4yrs but have yet to meet them in person. Can any bank fraud be committed if I allow them to deposit cash only into my secondary bank account that has a balance of less than $5

If someone you never met wants to use your bank account, it could be a scam. A scammer can use a bank account to transfer stolen money. If the bank account is in your name, you could lose money and personal information and you could get into legal trouble.

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