The woman, who has only been identified as a "highly paid, white-collar professional," found out the hard way when her "match" claimed he was in the middle of a million deal to sell dried cocoa beans to Kraft Heinz. Jason Osei Bonsu and Adams Amen recently appeared in a Buffalo courtroom to face federal fraud charges and likely deportation; they're also accused of cheating a man in South Dakota out of ,500. Gross, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Buffalo, told the newspaper that similar romance scams occur across the U. Scammers build trust and rapport with intimate communication, figuring out "what buttons to push" to take advantage.
He asked her to help fund the shipping and insurance, promising to pay her back when they would meet in person and began a relationship. The FBI tells the Buffalo News that the photo she received of "Marvin" turned out to be a realtor in Texas whose name is not Marvin Roecker. Two men, both citizens of Ghana, were arrested in the U. There were more than 14,000 victims of similar romance scams totaling 9 million last year, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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