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I was scammed out of 25,000 by a romance scammer calling himself Scott Daniel. I've done the research and all three email addresses he used have the same IP address. He used a fake UN gmail address. He says he's a doctor working with the UN and he's in Somolia. Is it a federal offense to use a fake UN gmail? And what's the likelihood of being able to catch this scumbag and get my money back?Thank you so much.Christine Mosley
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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I am sorry to hear about this situation, Christine. I am going to be honest. Yes, it is illegal to do what he did - under US law, and likely wherever he "really" is (which is likely somewhere in Ghana or Nigeria). However, US has no control outside of its borders. Chances of finding this scammer are slim to none, because:

1) They usually cover their tracks very well, and

2) Even you could trace him to the country where he is, local authorities are often unwilling/unable to prosecute him and are likely to be bought off due to corruption.

You need to file a complaint with IC3 immediately so the complaint would go to the FBI. They will try to see if he can be located and money found, but frankly, this is unlikely.

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