Nigerian men online dating scams

I gave him the money.” But, while Walter had fallen on hard times, a Nigerian man thousands of miles away was making a killing as part of an operation of scammers who target men and women into romantic relationships only to leave them high and dry.

“You never think you can become a victim until it happens to you,” Meade said.

Luckily, the dating sites that I use have an option to report abuse, and I do my best to report each case. The reference to the infamous Nigerian scam in a recent newsletter brought back memories.

Our friend, Dave Taylor, provides a very good answer to a question that we’ve received (in different words) from dozens of subscribers: I don’t get it, and frankly I’m a bit freaked out: I just got an email message from a company I’d never heard of that said it had matched a couple of possible jobs to my resume, but I never went to their site, never uploaded a resume, and have no idea how they get all that information about me. Fifty years ago, I was doing criminal fraud investigations for the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of which became known as The Great Ford Swindle.

It sounded too sketchy to me, and I recognized it for the scam factor.

“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.One of the longest running scams by mail and the internet, the Nigerian '419' scam (named after the section of the Nigerian code dealing with financial fraud schemes), alleges a wealthy business owner or government official needs help transferring millions of dollars out of his country in exchange for a percentage of the funds for your help.After agreeing to help, the scammer often asks for your assistance in providing some money to help get the money transferred.This suggestion comes from Adam: I just wanted to notify you of a type of scam that is going on with some of the dating sites.Basically, the scam is to get a guy to set up a Pay Pal account using a credit card.

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