Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.collectively suffered

Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.collectively suffered $1.5 million in fraud as a result.Billions of dollars are transferred among friends, family and businesses around the world through international money transfers every day.

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Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.

.5 million in fraud as a result.Billions of dollars are transferred among friends, family and businesses around the world through international money transfers every day.

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It's unlikely that the arrests of Mike, as well as the romance-scam gang sentenced this week, will put a big dent in phishing attacks, not to mention business email compromise, 419 or romance scams, because they offer the potential for so much profit.

The FBI estimated last year that losses since 2013 due to business email compromises totaled more than $3 billion and involved more than 22,000 domestic and international victims.

Before you know it, they’re gone — along with your money.

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S.-based individuals to further their fraud via "romance scams," prosecutors say.

These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.

"According to trial evidence and plea documents, once the perpetrator gained the victim's trust and affection, the perpetrator would convince the victim to either send money or to help carry out fraud schemes," according to the Justice Department.

"For example, the defendants admitted that they used romance victims to launder money via Western Union and Money Gram, to repackage and reship fraudulently obtained merchandise and to cash counterfeit checks." According to court documents, one woman who believed she was a victim of the romance scam said that she'd met a man online in October 2011, who'd asked her to reship merchandise to an address in Pretoria, South Africa, in return for a ,000 check, which turned out to be bogus, the Sun Herald newspaper in Mississippi reports.

While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly 0 billion each year.

And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.

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