Hajia4Real extradited from the UK to the US to face charges of romance fraud
Ghanaian socialite and artiste Mona Montrage, aka Hajia4Real, has been extradited from the UK to the US to face charges of romance fraud.
Montrage, who is also a fashion designer and entrepreneur, was arrested in London in December 2022 on a US warrant. She was extradited to the US on May 12, 2023.
The US Department of Justice alleges that Montrage used a dating app to meet and befriend a man in the US. She then allegedly defrauded him of over $100,000 by posing as a wealthy businesswoman and promising to invest his money in a business venture.
Montrage has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 16, 2023.
If convicted, Montrage faces up to 20 years in prison.
Montrage’s arrest and extradition has shocked the Ghanaian community in the UK and the US. She is a well-known figure in both countries, and her arrest has raised questions about the prevalence of romance fraud.
Romance fraud is a type of online scam in which criminals use fake profiles to lure victims into relationships. Once the victim is emotionally invested, the criminal will ask for money or gifts. In some cases, the criminal will even pose as a doctor or lawyer to gain the victim’s trust.
Romance fraud is a serious crime, and it is important to be aware of the signs. If you are contacted by someone online who seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do not send money or gifts to someone you have never met in person, and be careful about sharing personal information.
If you think you may have been a victim of romance fraud, there are steps you can take. You can report the crime to the police, and you can also contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has a website with information about romance fraud and how to protect yourself.
Here are some tips to help you avoid romance fraud:
- Be skeptical of anyone who contacts you out of the blue, especially if they are very attractive or seem too good to be true.
- Do not give out personal information, such as your bank account number or Social Security number, to someone you have never met in person.
- Be wary of requests for money or gifts. If someone asks you for money, it is a red flag.
- Do not send money or gifts to someone you have never met in person.
- If you think you may have been a victim of romance fraud, report the crime to the police.
- You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for more information and assistance.