A group of eight immigrants aged between 33 and 52 have been nabbed in Cape Town for alleged internet scams, money laundering and financial fraud world-wide. Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, says the arrests were made during a joint operation with the FBI, the United States Secret Service Investigations, Interpol, with assistance from various South African law enforcement agencies. The law enforcement officers wanted to make sure that these perpetrators don't get away with this crime, therefore they worked as a team.
The suspects are alleged to have ties to a transnational organised crime syndicate originating in Nigeria. It is alleged that these suspects preyed on vulnerable victims, such as widows or divorcees, who were led to believe they were in a genuine romantic relationships but were scammed out of their hard earned money - amounting to more than R100 million. It is very sad to be scammed and many people are being scammed in various forms, therefore cautiousness is needed.
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