Have you ever opened your inbox and then suddenly a romantic message appears.
Weeks later, you are asked for money.
Well that is exactly how a well orchestrated Nigerian syndicate operated and they targetted single women and divorcees.
They ate expected to appear at the Vape Town magistrates court today facing serious fraud charges.
The foreign nationals aged between 33 to 52 were arrested by the Hawks and US law enforcement in a massive operation in Cape Town at dawn yesterday.
They would target vulnerable rich women and promise them love only to use them for financial gains.
The group was believed to be behind hundreds of thousands of “romance scams”. These were allegedly perpetrated by members of the group who used dating sites to meet elderly men and women from around the world who were either widowed or divorced, and scammed them out of their money.
They were arrested after a swift operation between the Hawks and United States law enforcement agencies.
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