A Ghanaian man residing in New Jersey, Rubbin Sarpong, is behind bars after United States authorities say he scammed 30 women of over $2.1m by posing as a “sweet message sending” soldier online.
Rubbin Sarpong, a 35-year-old Ghanaian citizen with US residency, was recently arrested for swindling women on sites like Plenty of Fish, Match.com by posing as a US soldier serving in Syria.
Things reportedly got so bad apparently that authorities allege that one woman committed suicide after transferring nearly $94,000 to Sarpong and his crew.
The New York Daily News reports that Sarpong and a number of his alleged co-conspirators stationed in Ghana created fake profiles and told women they were military personnel stationed in Syria, who had received, recovered or been awarded gold bars.
“Unfortunately, the well-decorated soldier could not get his bars back to the US so he needed their help,” the report added.