A Nigerian man Nnamdi Marcellus Mgbodile has been arrested in the U.S state of Georgia for a multimillion-dollar online romance scam.
Nnamdi has been arraigned before court on twenty counts of bank fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
The accused allegedly managed to defraud one Virginia woman out of $6.5m. He’s also implicated in another $350,000 business email compromise (“BEC”) scam targeting a Georgia based company.
“Online romance scams and business email compromise frauds have increasingly become the method of choice for transnational fraudsters targeting U.S. residents and companies,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
“In this case, a single victim allegedly lost millions. This is a stark reminder that users of online dating websites should be aware of such scams and exercise extreme caution if asked for money by anyone online or over the phone.”
Nnamdi’s arrest comes a few days after the similar arrest of a Nigerian in India, also for running a romance scam.