Dating nigerian online scams
) who had to be paid off, or, alternately, that the money was in safekeeping and that a cash bond had to be put up to release it.
For every dollar contributed to freeing the money, an investor would get 300 back.
Here is what I have experienced (luckily, I was smart enough not to fall for it): A guy starts communicating with a “woman” (the pictures are attractive).
Initial contact between victim and scam artist is to take the step in starting a relationship.
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.
A number of supposed official documents (crude forgeries) were displayed to back up the story.
While I concluded that there didn’t appear to be Federal jurisdiction, the perpetrators were eventually convicted of fraud locally.
A scam based in Nigeria The victims tend to be widowed or divorced women in their fifties targeted by criminal syndicates usually based in Nigeria, according to the FBI.
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.
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.