Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Nelly Olsen – scammer of the day

Nelly Olsen, who was convicted in a significant romance scam, was part of a scheme that defrauded victims of over $6 million. From 2017 to 2019, Olsen and her co-conspirators created fake online dating profiles to establish relationships with primarily older single women, convincing them of urgent financial needs, such as medical emergencies or military members stranded overseas. The victims, believing these stories, sent money to Olsen and her accomplices, who then funneled the funds to accounts in China and Nigeria. Olsen personally received over $1 million during this period. She was found guilty of money laundering conspiracy and two counts of money laundering, with sentencing set for January 2024​​.

Romance scams like the one perpetrated by Idowu typically start with an online connection through social media or dating apps. The scammers build trust and emotional attachment before requesting money for fabricated emergencies. They exploit victims’ vulnerabilities, making it challenging for victims to recognize the deceit​​.

To protect yourself from such scams, it is crucial not to share personal or financial information with someone you have only met online. Be wary if someone avoids direct answers, has an excuse for not meeting in person, or asks for money. If you suspect a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission or the appropriate authorities​​.

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