Hard to believe after twenty years, people are still falling for various “Nigerian” scams. This one was an innovative social engineering variation on the theme. The ringleader actually recruited his own people here in the US to visit potential “marks” and managed to fleece them.
According to Dark Reading, “He then sent US citizens he had recruited to visit the victims in person to finalize the scam and retrieve funds, which were then laundered through US bank accounts before being sent to Nigeria. The total amount of the victims’ losses were not disclosed by the Department of Justice in announcing the indictment.”
He is now being brought to justice and has a name! Osondu Victor Igwilo a native of Lagos, Nigeria.