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According to a criminal complaint also unsealed today, co-conspirators based in Nigeria, the United States and other countries contacted the lead defendants in the indictment – Valentine Iro, 31, of Carson, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, of Gardena, both Nigerian citizens – for bank and money-service accounts that could receive funds fraudulently obtained from victims.
Once members of the conspiracy convinced victims to send money under false pretenses, Iro and Igbokwe coordinated the receipt of funds and oversaw an extensive money-laundering network, according to the 145-page indictment.
Any emails asking for additional email addresses, passwords, bank account numbers, etc., are spam.
These scammers may send Linked In users emails that appear to be from Linked In but are not, either infecting your computer with malicious software or stealing your personal information.
It may ask you to click on a link to "visit your inbox now," or ask you to "accept" or "ignore" the invitation.
This scam first occurred in 2012, when Russian hackers collected and leaked millions of Linked In users' passwords.
The remaining defendants are believed to be abroad, with most them located in Nigeria.
The indictment alleges that the 80 defendants and others used various online fraud schemes – including business email compromise (BEC) frauds, romance scams, and schemes targeting the elderly – to defraud victims out of millions of dollars.