Welcome to RS. You are such a good friend !!!
Please call WU anonymous call and red flag your friend's name. Tell them that he is manipulated and brainwashed by Nigerian Mafia and pulled deeply into a romance scam.
He is not talking with a girl who is in Nigeria. He is talking with ring of 6-8 MALES who are sitting 24/7 in shifts in internet cafes and defraud millions of innocent people out of their hard earned money,..some with higher pitch voice playing roles of woman. Trust me white woman in Nigeria would be kidnapped and forced into white prostitution or robbed in daylight and dead. But first of all there is no way to board the plane if she is not doctor or church representative on the mission....
Please know that the scammer is a psychological illusionist, able to convince anyone to believe in the illusion he created.
From the very moment a scammer targets you; his entire arsenal of psychological manipulation is brought into play. You are moved from a position of control to one of no control. The scammer moves into the position of supreme power, regardless of how powerful you may be in real life.
You are the only character in the scam that hasn't a clue as to what is really happening. The only choice given you is to react to what the scammer is saying and doing.
Reality is gone, you just don't know it - your real world has been completely and effectively replaced with that of the scammer, and the scam ring.
Once the scam is over, suddenly, without warning, you have to come to terms with the fact that you have been scammed,—The effect is devastating - it was planned to be ....as scammers work hard to brainwash and manipulate victims with love bombarding ,asking questions of the begging and fitting victim into correct scam script suiting them with biggest profits....
Unfortunately what you are telling us ---> he cashed checks.... Sounds like they recruited him as a internet MULE .
If he will be eventually facing consequences if convicted. If someone met someone online that has asked him to receive funds or goods on their behalf? Quite simply, this is money laundering and any individual assisting these criminals can be prosecuted and have their whole bank account frozen. A conviction for an offence of money laundering may carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.
You are right about stolen videos. Scammers have programs to manipulate stolen footages. They do it to victims all the time...
If someone is working on the victim to try to break them away from that scammer it is like playing with a double edge sword. You can tell the victim the things they need to know to break that bond but it doesn't sink in right away. The victim will take what you have given them and run straight to the scammer and tell him all about it. The scammer will then tell the victim they can no longer listen to the person telling them these things and they will have a believable story to cover what the victim has told them they found out.
However, after while, when you keep on piling on the evidence, it starts to seep into the victims cognitive brain and they do start to listen, even if they don't allow you to be aware of it. They will start second guessing themselves and will finally make the break.
If you happen to have a picture of THIS WOMAN please upload in Google Image Search or TYNEYE and check if is already reported.
If you can share ANY INFORMATION about this scammer's ring please do it. We will try to find more about them.
Please mention to your friend about Ebola.
Good luck to you