WILTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Online dating scams have been surfacing throughout the world, including those that convince one of the parties to provide shipments of money or personally identifying content.
Thousands of people fall victim to what’s known as an online “Romance Scam” where an individual meets another on a dating website and proceeds to gain trust through a fake relationship to obtain information or large sums of money. According to the FBI, almost 15,000 complaints categorized as romance scams were reported in 2016.
On Friday, May 3 a representative from the Wilton Post Office called Wilton Police Department after a suspcious package was handled. This package was flagged as a possible shipment of a large amount of money mailed to a vacant home in Wilton.
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Wilton Police investigated the vacant home using surveillance footage, they apprehended 28-year-old Olutade Adeyemi Gboyega who was picking up the package of money delivered to the residence. The package contained $23,000.00 in cash and was traced back to a Romance Scam in Mississippi. Gboyega is from Nigeria and in the U.S. on a work visa claiming to have picked up the large sum of money for his brother living in Nigeria.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit/larceny – 1st degree as well as conspiracy to commit/identity theft – 1st degree with a $50,000 bond and released by the Bail Commission on Sunday, May 5. Gboyega is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on May 17th.
If you believe you are a victim of a romance scam, file a complaint online at ic3.gov.