The romance scam victims would carry out acts on behalf of the conspiracy, including forwarding counterfeit checks, receiving and shipping merchandise, and transferring proceeds via wire, US Mail, ocean freight, and express package delivery services.
Martins, Maxwell, Bernard Okorhi, Victor Okorhi, and/or Miah would get the IP addresses of potentially vulnerable email servers and target them for intrusion. Maxwell, Miah, and both Okorhis created false identities and created dating profiles with false emails to correspond to their false dating profiles.
Their role in the conspiracy also included originating the spoofed emails that will be explained later. The United States Department of Justice through the The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released details of how notorious Tamale cyber fraudster, Maxwell Atugba Peter, 26, and his gang cunningly executed the $15 million fraud.
The rest are, Maxwell Atugba Abayeta aka Maxwell Peter, 26, and Babatunde Martins, 62, of Ghana and Benard Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi, 39, a Nigerian citizen who resides in Ghana.
Using US based IP addresses offered through VPN services, they would access a variety of websites, including credit card transaction processors and dating websites.
They would then spoof the email addresses of those involved in the transactions and send instructions causing the financial transfers to be redirected to accounts controlled by members of the conspiracy.
Through these, they lured victims into online romance scams, gold-buying scams, and a variety of advanced fee fraud scams. Because they had control of email accounts at Crye-Leike, they could tell when fund transfers related to real estate sales were scheduled to take place.
Maxwell Peter and his cartel since 2012 had defrauded U.S. companies and citizens of approximately $15 million, as reported by MyNewsGh.com.