Thank you for your concern. Actually I believe your friend got caught in big troubles. Scammers use her as a mule which in light of low is a crime and if convicted my face years in prison. She purchased merchandises using stolen credit cards and unfortunately had to register herself to the websites where she purchased those with her address, phone number, email address. I believe a receiver in Mexico is another victim, which most likely is promised to keep a few things and reship rest to West Africa. That's how scam works. Soon FBI may knock on the door as the victims most likely notified the cc fraud dept. about cards being lost of stolen. I am surprise that she was able to spent so much money without bank's interfering in such a high volume of spending.
Online criminal groups have gone to great lengths to recruit mules in recent years. Social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have all been used to recruit individuals willing to let their bank account be used to receive a transfer from an illegal account, then forward it along. In turn, the FBI has said that it was going to be stepping up efforts to crack down on money mules.
Alternatively the ‘mule’ may be asked to receive goods, purchased online through fraudulently obtained funds, and requested to forward these on to an overseas address. A promised payment may sometimes be arranged, however in most romance scam related cases, promises of a new life together often substitute any monetary gain for the victim.
Have you met someone online that has asked you to receive funds or goods on their behalf? Quite simply, this is money laundering and any individual assisting these criminals can be prosecuted and have their whole bank account frozen. A conviction for an offence of money laundering may carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.
If you have received money in your bank account, or have received and/or forwarded goods under these circumstances, please immediately report the incident to your bank and your local police station.
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