Thursday, September 9, 2010

4 Men Charged in NY in 'Princess Diana' Email Scam

Federal authorities said Thursday: Four Queens, N.Y. men operated an international email lottery scam that suckered 30 to 40 people around the globe out of over $2 million.

NEW York City prosecutors have stimulating four men with cheating people by telling them they would won the bogus $5 Million Princess Diana Lottery.
The two Nigerian-born men, who are citizens living in Cambria Heights, blanketed the internet with emails promising their victims a $5 million windfall from a scam Princess Diana Lottery.

According federal prosecutors: They referred to their victims as magu Nigerian slang for fool.

A grievance unsealed Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn accuses the men of telling other victims in e-mails they would inherit millions of dollars from distant relatives. The ploy was used to get the victims to give up bank account and other personal information that was used to steal their identities. Some victims even were convinced to wire money to pay taxes.

Victims from across the United States and their banks lost in excess of $2 million. The men each face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud conspiracy. Diana was the Princess of Wales and she died in a Paris car crash in August 1997. Patrick Ugochukwu Ohazurike, 41, was arrested in Tennessee and is predictable to be transferred to Brooklyn.

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