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Two Dating Scammers Busted For Pulling $1 Million - Face 200 Years In Prison

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    ewhoring was never like this...

    note: this is from last year. wonder what they got, couple of hags...

    Colorado mom-daughter duo posed as military men to bilk $1 million in Nigerian-backed online dating scam

    Tracy Vasseur, 40, and mom Karen Vasseur, 73, of Brighton, Colo., posed as military members in online dating sites and accepted payment from 374 victims over a three-year period.

    "Individuals working with the Vasseurs lured unsuspecting women to Internet dating sites by posing as members of the U.S. military serving in Afghanistan," according to a statement from the Colorado attorney general.

    "After a phony relationship was established, victims were asked to send money and were led to believe that the soldiers would use the money to retrieve property, travel to the U.S., and pay other expenses," the statement said.

    Prosecutors say the women accepted hundreds of payments sent by victims via wire transfer, then took a percentage of the stolen money before sending the remainder to associates in Nigeria.

    The Vasseurs established 20 personal and business bank accounts at 11 local banks for the purpose of laundering the stolen money, prosecutors said.

    As part of the scheme, Tracy Vasseur also used a 16-year-old to fraudulently receive stolen money and then wire it to Nigeria, according to the indictment.

    Tracy Vasseur faces up to 205 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Her mom faces up to 172 years in prison.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...ine-dating-scam-prosecutors-article-1.1101996

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    Internet Catphish Scams on the Rise...
    http://askbobrankin.com/are_you_a_victim_of_catphishing.html

    The practice of using a fake virtual persona to dupe a victim out of money (or just inflict emotional damage) is called "catphishing." The neologism seems to be a play on "phishing" (using deceptive email to obtain sensitive information) and a Southern sport called "noodling," in which large catfish are patiently enticed into chomping down on a probing hand which hauls them into the boat.

    Catphish lurk on dating sites passively waiting for bites. They also cast their lures around social media, offering friend requests on Facebook, Tweeting admiringly, and so on. Their objective is usually to fake romantic interest, engage the victim emotionally, and then pretend to have some sort of "problem" that only a generous electronic friend can solve with money.
     
  2. sn0rt

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    Heh, 205 years?


    That's fucking stupid.
     
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    I don't think anything illegal happened, this is just people who are embarrassed they were fooled, trying to get even. They had to go with ridiculous charges of multiple lifetimes to try to land something.

    I think this will either be settled out of court, or they'll get some insignificant charge, or hell, maybe case dismissed.

    Their lawyers will look into other cases, ones that involve cam-girls or shady people doing worse similar things that got off free to set some precedent that end up making their accusers look even more silly, which will be an even larger embarrassment to them...So who knows, with this much risk on the side of the plaintiff, maybe they do have something...The article keeps saying stolen, but they asked to send the money and people complied...Maybe it's the money sending to Nigeria the prosecution is trying to clamp on to, or the 16 year old. But, for real, these people are just embarrassed they got fooled.

    *DISCLAIMER* All this being said, they chose to do this shit recently because a few years ago it was illegal in the US to impersonate a member of the Military. I think in 2005 that was overturned, which is bullshit ridiculous and a pox on the decision behind the overturning.
     
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    when a lot of money is involved then they care
     
  5. the_demon

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    They impersonated US Military members and defrauded a lot of people. They got what they deserved.
     
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    Scamming has always been illegal, I really don't get when ever something involves the internet many people on here think its exempt from existing laws.
     
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  7. sn0rt

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    I know my above comment has no written foundation behind it as it was an expression of a thought I had when I first saw the post.

    Here's the thought:


    It's ridiculous to give someone 205 years in a federal penitentiary for monetary fraud and give someone 35-65 years in a state penitentiary for murder.

    Federal Penitentiaries are like hotels. (compared to state prisons)
    State Penitentiaries are true shit-holes.

    The amount of years is also ridiculous in that it's simply retarded (for lack of better terms) and more severe than murder penalties. Lol. 205 years? Just give them Life. (I still don't think life in a Fed prison is enough. They should be put to work while in prison and be forced to pay all that money back. If they happen to be able to pay it all back, cut em loose.)

    I know that you can't really put violent criminals with non-violent criminals, but just because they're not violent it doesn't mean that they should just be hanging out in a Federal prison.
     
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  8. Nigel Farage

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    I see no scam here at all. Since when is it illegal to deceive someone as to who you are, and then beg for money? Military? So what. If people weren't automatically conditioned to worship our overpaid military does nothing but sap resources that rightfully belong to the people that produce them, things like this wouldn't happen. But the government has conditioned people to obey and submit to any symbol of authority whatsoever, even waving a twig makes a person look like they are in charge and must be obeyed.

    The chickens have come home to roost, and so fucking what.

    Stupid twats send money to strangers all the time. Were they adults? Did they legitimately believe they were purchasing something? This is the price you pay for freedom. Every once in a while, someone punishes you for being a dumbass, and there is no government, no law and no military that can save you from your own stupidity. Someone should have told Treyvon that. He'd still be alive today.
     
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  9. sn0rt

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    Nigel,

    I in part also agree with your viewpoint.

    Where I will disagree in is in where you mentioned that the military is overpaid.

    I don't know what experience you've had or haven't had but I will tell you this:

    The day you understand what it's like to actually be in war, in a fuck-hole of a place, in the shittiest of conditions, where people are actually trying their damnest to kill you, you're killing others, and you're seeing your brothers die, for what seems to be eternity to a couple of years; then you tell me how overpaid our military is.

    Yes, it's a lifestyle that's volunteered for. With this decision comes the understanding of what it entails. At the very least, fucking pay us.

    But then again, expecting civilians to understand anything of what it's like is like trying to shove your cock through a beer bottle.
     
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    200 years in prison,people don't live around that long!
     
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    Did anyone see their photos?? Blegh!
     
  12. Nigel Farage

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    The military is right-wing welfare. 99% of the bloated US Military never get within 100 miles of combat, and those that do volunteered to be there because...

    Because they are WAY overpaid. All that self-serving patriotic bullshit is just that; self-serving. You don't like the military, war, danger, harsh conditions etc... Get the fuck out and go work at Jiffy Lube, which is where you would be if you had to compete in the open market for your pay instead of getting it handed to you for having polished boots and 3 creases on the back of your shirt.

    All that boo-hoo feel sorry for us crap might fly with an ignorant civilian that hasn't seen the government's waste, fraud and abuse from the inside. Maybe they believe the indoctrination, the mass media propaganda and the whining and crying about how snuggum wuggums got him's boo-boo. Stupid people get fucked up all the time, and no one calls them a hero. You can play the world's smallest violin for someone stupid that hasn't "been there", but I've been there, so you can peddle your self-serving BS somewhere else.

    And another thing. All that self-righteous anti-civilian rhetoric is just part of your programming, getting you ready for the inevitable day when all those glorious weapons of war are going to be turned on us, the "new enemy of the state", as at some point people are going to wake up and realize that this country has evolved into an entity that serves only the interests of the most wealthy, and their overpaid stooges in the military. This isn't your country, it's MY country, and I don't work for you, you work for ME, and I don't do what you say, you do what *I* say, and *I* say you are fat, overpaid resource hog with a gun and someday I'm going to take that gun away from you, one way or another.

    Down here, in the wreckage of the country that used to be, let's see how well you fare without 3 hots and a cot, and an entire military infrastructure telling you when to wake up, when to eat, when to shit, and in what direction to wipe your ass.
     
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  13. sn0rt

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    Lol. You my friend are a joke. You can sit here and pretend to be someone, but just by what you've written, I know you're not.

    You may fool those in here, but you're not fooling me. (not that I'm someone of any significance to you)

    Because you're no-one of significance, I don't really owe you a breakdown of your post but depending on my mood tomorrow I might extend the courtesy.

    Til then,


    toodles, sweet pee.
     
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    How is this any different then druggies hanging on the corner with signs "will work for food"?

    And I have seen plenty of guys try to sue their ex girlfriend for items and money he gave her only to find out she was a whore and using him, and the judge was like, oh fkn well, stop giving beotches your stuff.

    What is also funny is its perfectly legal for them phone sex girls to actually be guys and pretend to be girls, totally deceiving the guy for money.

    They prob are breaking the law for tax evasion and money laundering though.
    However, I didn't know we had to pay taxes on gifts now too.
     
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    It's not illegal to pretend to be someone you are not.
    It's not illegal to ask people for money.

    What is illegal is doing the first, in order to do the second. It's called obtaining money by deception and most countries have laws against it.

     
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    Nice observation there.
     
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    As harsh as it may sound, the victims deserved that.
    Always be smart, always stay alert or face the consiquence.
    The smartest of those victims might even have learnt the lesson.
    205 years, Oh cmon, they did not kill anyone!

    PS Got witted out and scammed myself too. No hard feelings.
     
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    Well, as long as we're going to be all self-righteously indignant about THAT, let's start putting some government employees into prison for doing exactly that. Leadership is by example, and if we are going to convict a mother & her daughter of "theft by deception" and give them prison time, then there are some elected government employees that have earned themselves the death penalty.
     
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    yes, but those "laws" are for the poor and the ignorant.
     
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    i can't imagine how long they will live.