The indictment states that since 2001 the accused, were part of a string of scams against Americans, facilitated by internet communications.
These include the longstanding 419 scheme, whereby a massive windfall is promised once a small number of payments have been provided, but the Do J claims it went much further than that.
The three Nigerians were among the six extradited from South Africa by US Department of Justice in 2015 to face charges of running a series of scams against gullible Americans over the past 16 years.
Fourteen others resident in the US were also arrested to face trial in Gulfport, Mississippi on nine federal charges, including conspiracy to commit identity theft, wire fraud, bank fraud, theft of US government funds, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, online romance scams account for higher financial losses than any other internet-based crime.