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Other red flags include requests to ship merchandise or to open bank accounts on behalf of the scammer.

Sluppick also said to be wary of people who say they live overseas or somewhere they cannot meet right away.

Olayinka Ilumsa Sunmola recently was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding at least 30 women in the U. Often, he pretended to be a widower whose wife died from cancer or a car wreck. He obtained at least $1 million in laptops and other stolen electronic gear, which he then sold from his illegally operated electronics store in South Africa. and Canada have reported losing almost $1 billion over the past three years.

The Nigerian man used online dating websites to meet women looking for love. 1 scheme reported to BBB in 2017 More: Springfield company irked after losing city contract to Texas firm, asks council to shop local Sunmola convinced these women to send him at least $730,000, in addition to various merchandise.

"A lot of psychology is built into this kind of fraud," said Stephanie Garland, BBB Springfield regional director.