Talk about representing the motherland overseas!
A Ghanaian man in the U.S faces up to 20 years in prison after scamming over 30 women out of $2.1m in just 3 years of operations.
Rubbin Sarpong, 35 years of age, is alleged to have told these ladies that he’s a U.S soldier stationed overseas who has been awarded gold bars by the military.
He then managed to get them to send him large sums of money which he promised would be returned to them once he returns to the U.S.
The BBC reports; Sarpong worked with some accomplices in Ghana to carry out the scam. He reportedly found his victims on sites such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish and Ourtime.com.
One of his alleged victims reportedly killed herself after transferring $90,000 to Sarpong. He flaunted his wealth on social media to enable him catch more fish.
FBI prosecutor Gregory Ehrie, speaking after Sarpong was arraigned before court, warned that online communications these days should never be taken at face value.
“Unfortunately, we live in an era where every contact we have with a stranger online must be viewed through the lens of scepticism,” Ehrie said.
“Fraudsters are constantly searching for ways to separate people from their money in order to reap a profit while putting forth little effort.”
The Ghanaian, who has U.S residency status, faces charges of wire fraud and could spend as much as 20 years in jail if convicted.
None of his alleged Ghanaian co-conspirators has been charged.