The man even sent her a few pictures dressed in his military uniform, and he was very handsome.
Schuster noticed that her suitor had bad grammar, but that didn't really bother her because her immigrant father had poor grammar as well.
In July 2016, the two Nigerian co-conspirators pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in the scam, and a federal judge sentenced them each to 36 months in prison last December.
But Charlie is still at large, presumably in Nigeria, and there may be little hope of bringing him to justice.
We can find out where in the world their computer is being used.
It’s identifying who they actually are that’s the hard part.
The scammer was using the same pilot story and the “same exact pictures” that were used with her.
“His thing was, ‘well, this is top secret, we're fighting the terrorists, we can't do anything that would compromise that, so I can't use the phone.' And I believed all this," Schuster said. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people,” she said.“The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target.The faster the scammer is off the dating site, the lower the chances of being caught using a fake profile, according to Schuster.Schuster turned her anger into action, and by sharing her story, she says she helped a woman in New Zealand and a fellow American in Boston discover that they were being duped.Then they use what the victims have on their profile pages and try to work those relationships and see which ones develop.” The subsequent investigation led by Beining resulted in the arrest of two Nigerians posing as South African diplomats who had come to the U. to collect money from the woman on behalf of Charlie, who claimed he was paid million for a construction project he completed in South Africa.