Lieutenant Darren Gault says a local bank notified the police department when routine monitoring showed the suspects' accounts were receiving payments from all over the country, and that the money was then "wired" overseas. So he called the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center to find out more about the suspects.
He says Segura and Sausedo were in the "middle" of the ranks of Nigerian scam artists. And they're not from Nigeria.
On Tuesday, Segura and Sausedo pleaded not guilty to felony charges of money laundering, theft, and wire fraud.
Gault and his detectives in East Moline have investigated many types of scams, including internet, email, and phone schemes. His advice is be skeptical, research, and verify, verify, verify. And, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."