Upon finding out more information about the “nice looking woman” — her parents died in a tragic accident and she has no family or friends who can help her stateside, or she was abandoned by her previous boyfriend in said country with no money to get home — this is where I become skeptical and ask if they have gone to the embassy or local church to find assistance to return home.
After all, I barely know these “women.” Once I tell them that I cannot help them with any kind of financial help, contact almost always ceases.
Over the recent years romance scams have got more prevalent on the internet.
The scam differs from the 419 Nigerian Scams that are known in society as the “get rich scam”.
The artist then explains that they are in another country (usually Africa: Nigeria or Mali, but England is also being used), and that they will not be returning to the States for another two weeks.
The artists may even send more pictures to the victim’s e-mail address to “legitimize” cooperation of starting a relationship.
Although dating sites are easily assessable by allowing singles to meet in a geographic area, online daters are at risk of becoming victims of romance scams because individuals are unaware of these scams, the inability to spot the red flags in dating profiles and also their lack of online safety practices.
The romance scammers originate from Nigeria are a well organized group of males reading from successful tested scripts who work in cafes or warehouses.
Anna Alden- Tirrill confirms the romance scam organization is running a 20 billion a year business and also they have been associated with terrorist cells.
Ms Grette, who was 62 at the time, thought she was speaking to a 58-year-old Danish man for three months after they met on an online dating site.
They arranged for him to visit her, but he explained he first had to visit Nigeria with his son for a job interview.
Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.