The Hampton Falls Police Department is investigating two cases of online fraud.
The local women were duped out of thousands of dollars they'll likely never recover, Police Chief Robbie Dirsa said.
Internet scams are very prevalent, said Gail Marcinkiewicz, a Boston spokeswoman for the FBI. "It also happens with off-line relationships," she said, "(The person says) let me invest your money.' So many people give away money they should be careful about." Internet complaints are sent to the National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Va., which works with the FBI, Marcinkiewicz said. Cases may not meet prosecution guidelines unless investigators see a pattern, Marcinkiewicz said.
The top 10 states for Internet fraud include no New England states.
This is when online thieves purchase items with stolen credit cards and have them sent to an innocent party to be shipped out of the country. embassy in Accra, Ghana, reports receiving up to 15 calls a week from Americans who have lost money on relationship scams originating in Ghana, Desilets said.Burrell’s book , based on seven years of ethnographic research in Ghana, is being released this week.“As the Internet was growing and spreading in the US in the mid- to late-90s, Ghana simply didn't have the bandwidth,” Burrell explained.The list does include California, Texas, Florida and New York.Christian Desilets, a resource attorney with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), responded to an e-mail request for information.Miskell also investigates check or money-order fraud, when the suspect sends the victim a fraudulent check or money order to cash and then has the innocent party wire him or her the money before the bank discovers the instrument was fraudulent. There are also official warnings from the State Department with regard to dating scams originating from the Ukraine.