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Department of Justice warns of online romance scams

Posted at 5:53 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 22:55:32-05

The FBI and the US Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Oklahoma are warning of online romance scams targeting older Americans.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced 10 people from Nigeria have been indicted for money laundering with funds from these types of scams.

One of the victims is a woman from Pryor.

Investigators say at one point during the scam, she gave $50,000 to one of these scammers who she thought was a love interest online.

In total, federal investigators say these men managed to get $1.5 million from victims.

“What you see is when they find someone who has bitten, hook, line and sinker that they do not stop until they have taken every last penny that they can or until law enforcement have caught up with them,” says U.S. Attorney Trent Shores of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

While only three people have come forward, investigators believe there are dozens of victims out there.

They're encouraging people to come forward and report these types of scams.

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