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Thu Sep 5, 2019, 11:44 AM

New Jersey man posed as soldier in dating site scam - prosecutors

Source: BBC

New Jersey man posed as soldier in dating site scam - prosecutors

5 September 2019



A New Jersey man is accused of using dating websites to scam women out of $2.1m (£1.7m) while claiming to be a US soldier stationed overseas.

Prosecutors are using social media posts of Rubbin Sarpong, 35, bragging about his wealth and holding wads of cash as evidence against him.

One of his alleged victims killed herself after transferring more than $90,000 to him, court documents say.

Mr Sarpong, a Ghanaian citizen with US residency, faces wire fraud charges.

Since January 2016, Mr Sarpong used websites Match.com, Plenty of Fish and Ourtime.com to fool more than 30 unsuspecting women into sending him money, according to prosecutors.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49574448

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Source: U.S. Attorney's Office - District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cumberland County Man Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud 30 Victims In Romance Fraud Scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Cumberland County, New Jersey, man was arrested today on charges that he allegedly defrauded more than 30 victims into wiring money to him and his conspirators after he and his conspirators met and wooed the victims on online dating sites, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rubbin Sarpong, 35, of Millville, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between January 2016 and Sept. 3, 2019, Sarpong and his conspirators, several of whom reside in Ghana, allegedly participated in an online romance scheme, defrauding victims in New Jersey and elsewhere. Sarpong and the conspirators set up dating profiles on various dating websites, using fictitious or stolen identities and posing as United States military personnel who were stationed overseas. They contacted victims through the dating websites and then pretended to strike up a romantic relationship with them. After establishing virtual romantic relationships with victims on the online dating platforms and via email, the conspirators asked them for money, often for the purported purpose of paying to ship gold bars to the United States. Although the stories varied, most often Sarpong and the conspirators claimed to be military personnel stationed in Syria who received, recovered, or were awarded gold bars. The conspirators told many victims that their money would be returned once the gold bars were received in the United States.

Sarpong and the conspirators used myriad email accounts and Voice Over Internet Protocol phone numbers to communicate with victims and instruct them on where to wire money, including recipient names, addresses, financial institutions, and account numbers. Victims wired money to bank accounts held by Sarpong and others at financial institutions in the United States. Occasionally, victims also mailed personal checks and/or cashier’s checks to the conspirators and also transferred money to the conspirators via money transfer services, such as Western Union and MoneyGram. The funds were not used for the purposes claimed by the conspirators – that is, to transport non-existent gold bars to the United States – but were instead withdrawn in cash, wired to other domestic bank accounts, and wired to other conspirators in Ghana.

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Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/cumberland-county-man-charged-conspiracy-defraud-30-victims-romance-fraud-scheme

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 11:47 AM

1. Never been on a dating site,

sounds like a bad idea, thank you for the warning.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 12:05 PM

3. i met mrs. unblock through a dating site, so i think they're a great idea.

there are risks to dating whether online or not. you always have to be on the lookout for dangers.

in many ways online is safer because you get some opportunity to get to know someone before an in-person encounter.

that said, it's possible much of the dialog is insincere or even a set-up. then again, that's true with dating face-to-face as well.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 11:59 AM

2. the old nigerian prince scam has evolved slightly....

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 12:15 PM

4. Mr Sarpong, a Ghanaian citizen with US residency...

there goes your green card. See you in Accra!

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 05:58 PM

5. Nah! Send Trump a love letter and bit of kickback.

Nah! Send Trump a love letter and bit of kickback.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 02:39 PM

6. LOL I had no idea being a soldier overseas was so lucrative

I was sending what little money I had back home to my SO when I was deployed.

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