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Money mules are typically recruited by criminals to transport of transfer illegally obtained funds, so they are harder to trace.
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But the person performing the scheme for the criminal is sometimes unaware that he or she has even been recruited for the crime.
“When criminals obtain money illegally, they have to find a way to move and hide the illicit funds,” the FBI warned in the beginning of April. “They scam other people, known as money mules, into moving this illicit money for them either through funds transfers, physical movement of cash or through various other methods.”
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Money mules are typically contacted or recruited online through dating apps, chat websites, prize announcements or through Internet-based “work-from-home” schemes.