They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency.
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6 red flags for online dating scams - CBS News
Nigerian man breaking hearts, emptying pockets with online romance scam. An honest man with a good job- who wants a good, honest woman to be his soul mate. Someone you know may be dating this guy right now - online- and he's got quite a plan- because he's not just one guy, he's dozens of guys, sitting in a room with a script- cashing in on romantic gullibility. He is a single man, raising his daughter- who is years-old," says Krystene Tucker. The single mother in Mukilteo wasn't even looking for romance, when a mystery man named Redden sought her out in an internet chat room. He sent a picture and struck up a friendship.
The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable. The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid! The Nigerian dating scams are hugely profitable. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.
Here's how it happened. Before she knew it, her savings were gone. And the man of her dreams?