FBI Needs Help Finding Man They Say Scammed NYC Out of Millions

The FBI needs your help finding a man they say scammed Brooklyn residents out of millions of dollars.

Kelechi Declan James, 32, is wanted on criminal charges for his part in an e-mail scheme.

The bureau said James and several co-conspirators tricked their victims into wiring money to bank accounts that the victims thought were owned by people they knew.

The scam took in over $5 million, according to officials.

Authorities said James is known to frequent several neighborhoods, including East New York, Brownsville, and Flatbush.

He is described as six feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds.

The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone who can help is encouraged to call the bureau’s tip line at 212-384-1000.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has declared wanted a man with Nigerian origin, Kelechi Declan James, for allegedly scamming victim of more than $5 million.

    A statement on FBI website reads: “FBI agents are looking for the public’s assistance in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force.” “James is known to frequent the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York (Crescent Street and Loring Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue),

    Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E 29th and Avenue D), and East Flatbush (East 51st and Winthrop Street). The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.
    “James is 32 years old, 6’0” tall, and approximately 175 pounds. He is a Nigerian national, has brown eyes and black hair, and may have a beard. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James is urged to contact law enforcement immediately. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (212) 384-1000. He is not considered to be violent in nature.

    “As alleged in a complaint sworn out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, James, along with four other co-conspirators, ran a business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted victim losses of more than $5 million for their victims.
    “As part of scheme, James and his co-conspirators defrauded victims across the U.S. by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by family members, friends, or business associates.

    They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money.

    “As soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to another, and the funds would be withdrawn. James’s role in this scheme was to withdraw the money from bank accounts.”

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