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Saturday, 23 June 2012

US Mother and daughter charged in Nigerian internet romance scam

 
A Colorado mother and daughter are accused in an internet dating scam spanning 40 countries, in which fake soldiers started relationships with women, then asked them for money, CBS Denver reported.

The victims were allegedly cheated out of more than $1 million.

An indictment from the Colorado Attorney General accuses Tracy and Karen Vasseur of Adams County of being part of a "Nigerian internet romance scam" involving people pretending to be military members serving in Afghanistan.


Tracy, 41, and her mother, Karen, 73, live in Brighton. They allegedly tricked women into relationships and accepted payments via wire over a three-year period.

Prosecutors said six of their victims live in Colorado. Investigators believe there are 374 victims in all, from 41 countries including the United States, CBS Denver reported.

The indictment claims the mother-and-daughter scammers took a percentage of the stolen money and then wired the remaining money to associates in Nigeria.

They allegedly established 20 personal and business bank accounts at 11 local banks for the purposes of laundering stolen money. The business was listed under the name A-Team Distributions Inc. and KKJ Services.

As part of the scheme, Tracy also allegedly used her own 16-year-old daughter to fraudulently receive stolen money and then wire it to Nigeria.

According to CBS Denver, Tracy Vasseur faces up to 205 years in prison if convicted on all counts, and her mother faces up to 172 years behind bars.

Source: CBS News

57 Comments:

  • At 23 June 2012 at 12:59 , Blogger Lilspicer said...

    She dem say na onli naija gud for yahoo buziness now u guys are seein wat am seein-becareful hw u share ur information online..meanwhile police deal wit dem(omo-iwo)says so..via blackberrybold.5

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 12:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow!

    CHI

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:00 , Anonymous deekay said...

    Lmao!! That's Gangster.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WONU:Nıgerıan sha alwys ın d news for bad reasons. Amerıcan's too don joın nıce job nıger pple.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nawaoooo

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:10 , Blogger johnnie said...

    Na wa oo,thank God say nigeria no dey involve.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mary
    sigh ......I was hoping to get to the end and read that it had nothing to do with nigerians until i saw ****then wired the remaining money to associates in Nigeria.***********

    SHAME SHAME , as always Nigerians will be associated with 419. As for these two ugly oyibo women , they will be locked up for a long time.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yahoo+ has gone international

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:14 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oga o and the onces in nigeria go free abi......white people are stupid /#nuffsaid

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:15 , Anonymous Eze said...

    That is life then, because their corpses will continue the sentence.See oyibo sha...

    via curve2

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:33 , Anonymous MAXIMUS™ said...

    Get rich or die trying! I'm all for making money any which way, as long as you don't kill no one. If you're smart and you can out smart others, be my guest! There are scam artistes and grifters everywhere. Go to Leicester square or piccadilly circus they are plenty. If you're gullible enough to fall, your luck

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:40 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Terrible wat one wil do 4 money mother and daughter,i dnt tink they ll leav dat jail alive.pathetic!

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 13:42 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Na wa ooo. Is Nigeria d only country in ds world?..kilode....so many negative reports. crimes,bombing,kidnapping,suicides,rape...etc..we need to retract our ways, it is getting so annoying..haba...some countries commit more atrocities than we do but dey are not in d news like Nigeria and Nigerians..#Enough is enough.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:14 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i beg no spoil format for boys ooo

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:19 , Anonymous sexiest said...

    lolz..but dey will die in jail na with dose years that might be given to them....meanwhile i met a soldier online too and told me he's in afghanistan..when he realise say i no get money..he stopped mailin me..

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:21 , Blogger Str8FrmDaHips said...

    This is rubbish..nothing to do with Nigeria..and Russia pardon me..started all this internet dating fraud..or internet brides!!..of course yahoo yahoo boys took it to another level..

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:21 , Anonymous Depriceless said...

    I honestly don't understand the story, but I feel something really bad...

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mstchew.

    So wetin join Nigeria in the matter?

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:24 , Blogger Auree Jode said...

    u go fear fear

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:27 , Anonymous sad face said...

    I can't even laugh. So the new name for scamming on the internet is "Nigerian internet scam"? or am I reading this all wrong? this is terrible. What a stain on the giant of Africa. Why don't they call terrorism especially via bombing, "iraq terrorism or afghanistan terrorism" just sad

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:36 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Its a pity , But they are not the first...

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lmao @ the number of years.....

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 14:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Heavens! They just had to drag Nigeria into the equation!!

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 15:08 , Blogger joy ojay said...

    Wonders shall never end o! So it is not only Naija that has these type of people. Nawa!

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 15:10 , Anonymous janded said...

    They learnt from the best! or worst depending on how you see it

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 15:29 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    BREAKING NEWS! Patience Jonathan PASSES GAS in Brazil because of egwusi soup that was not well prepard the day before.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 16:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hahahaha @ the jail term. 205 nd 175 yrs indeed

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 16:31 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Na wa oooo...yahoo yahoo everywhr...even in colorado

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 17:36 , Anonymous YK said...

    No body Holy pass eee !

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 18:01 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    QF
    Desperate tyms!...mother,daughter nd grand-daughter equals family bizness

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 18:22 , Blogger segun oyebamiji said...

    trouble ... Boys don use dem catch trips no be today

    www.gamugaza.blogspot.com

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 18:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    One way or the other Nigeria must involve...

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 18:58 , Anonymous Duke Emeka said...

    Dem dey hustle. Looll reminds me of surrogates.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 19:05 , Anonymous 47vids.com said...

    Na today?..47vids.com

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 20:36 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    so how does this tie up to nigerian internet romance.the main people are americans.this oyinbo people will sha look for anyway to discredit us.i am positive that nigeria isnt the only country they wired money to.

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 20:54 , Blogger IAmhairs said...

    worst things have happened to the great name called NIGERIA and you could even still see the name clearly even in the mud....so let haters keep doing what they know how to do best and we'll keep going higher than ever....GOD BLESS LINDA AND I....Its @iAmhairs on twitter...dnt worry cuz we follow back

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 22:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Upon al d dough wey em scam, d moda stil luks rumpled..

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 22:16 , Anonymous ZOE said...

    Will ma bank account increase with ur follow back?? Lubbish nonsense!

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 22:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    E be like say U no get eyes?? U no see say Na Nigeria dem dey wire d money to?? ***Hiss***. Na dem be d chief originator of d whole scam na!!

     
  • At 23 June 2012 at 23:48 , Blogger Jessica said...

    Those guys that came with that format must have made it. i wonder how many houses and hotels they have here in nigeria. Chai! Maga was paying o! UDO! -PDP

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 00:03 , Blogger Lilspicer said...

    Lmfaoo u get mouth die u fuuny gan(omo-iwo)says so..via blackberrybold.5

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 00:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    DumDum

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 00:55 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You need Jesus
    Miss V

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 00:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Buhaha! Dumdum...missy VV

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 02:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    These whites are mad! They will try by all means to paint our great nation black. Why must they mention us even when the victims are whites? So, it then means that we are the initiators of fraudster? God punish them all!

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 03:35 , Anonymous mis tee said...

    Ode can u read at all? Some ppl here just comment like fools

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 06:15 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @ zoe u just said my mind! Which one be follow me follow me all d time !abeg make we hear word! Na only u dey tweet for here!people dey talk sometin serious u dey bring follow me!

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 06:54 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Until u get near them u never know they are diplomatic and polite 419,fraudsters ,rogues,frirts,lousy......

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 08:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You be Mumu ooo Abi u no go school?..abeg read am again, Dumbo!!

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 09:21 , Anonymous Waka pass said...

    Linda, some of your posters na olodo... Reading the tory go tell you say, na for naija dem dey arrange the runs.. These women na only conduits.. Why people come dey ask wetin concern naija when e be say everything na for here dem do am apart from collecting the money?

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 19:34 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    that's tha first thing that came to my mind ...double tragedy, they didn't get to enjoy the loot and their dead body go serve plenty deacdes of prison sentence. How bad does it get?

     
  • At 24 June 2012 at 22:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Who says it's only Nigerians that do internet scam.....abegi make them go sit down jare

     
  • At 25 June 2012 at 10:35 , Anonymous Otunba said...

    Me dey after e 16yrs babe mentioned here, abeg who her link?

     
  • At 25 June 2012 at 14:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @MAXIMUS nice1 man,, letz hook up. jst send me a mail,, andjohnson74@yahoo.com

     
  • At 26 June 2012 at 12:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amen

     
  • At 11 August 2012 at 14:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Trust me I understand perfectly what happened to those women, the Nigerian guys actually brain washed them into it shielding themselves away from this repercussion,they were insiders that weren't smart ,all their routes were not tight enough to beat the American Security system,that's why it had to backfire

     
  • At 20 July 2013 at 18:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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