Internet dating fraud and nigeria
The Nigerian Scammers are everywhere, they are in chat rooms, on My Space, Facebook, tagged.com, Twitter, and almost every internet dating website.The way these con artists operate is under the guise of wanting a mature long-term relationship, that they are just “looking for love”.It sounded too sketchy to me, and I recognized it for the scam factor.I tell them that I have heard their story before, and then they stop contact.At this point they may either talk about needing money for plane tickets to come and see you (Of course they will pay you back, they have the money, and often will offer proof that they do have it) and one of the many excuses is because they can’t cash their check in Nigeria, or the check is late, or it is coming any minute.Of course, when you go to the airport to pick them up, they never show, and while you are crying and upset, they either call and tell you they had missed the plane, there was a problem with their paperwork and weren’t allowed to leave the country, or a sudden illness/accident occurred!Although it is embarrassing to admit, I believe this information will help others.Sometimes the sad story includes a jewelry merchant selling diamonds and needing the Pay Pal account for their clients to deposit money in a secure American account that will yield a better profit for the jewelry company.
While I concluded that there didn’t appear to be Federal jurisdiction, the perpetrators were eventually convicted of fraud locally.
Now they need MORE money, and the scam continues UNTIL you stop paying.
You would think after getting some money from you they would be on to the next, which is wrong, their motto is “bleed them dry til they have nothing left”.
They seem well-educated, funny, caring, and pay you so much attention!
Once they profess their love and you return it, they know they have you hooked and the money scam falls into place.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.