The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.
The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa.
How could a mature, self-sufficient woman send such a huge sum of money to someone she never even met?
She reported the loss to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and is now their biggest recorded victim of so-called romance fraud — a new take on the Nigerian email scam.
I want to tell you about a type of scum-of-the-earth I have encountered. I have learned that this is a huge problem, estimated at reeling in an astounding billion per year from American, Canadian, European, and Australian victims. The Nigerian scammer, regardless of his or her nationality, ethnicity, or physical location, has no remorse, no guilt, about any of this.
We were men and women who happen to have the qualities of being open, compassionate, loving, and trusted those who we loved and we believed loved us.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
Not the using, not the theft, not causing an innocent person to go to jail...
Heck, mine even knew enough to try GASLIGHTING for gods' sake!
Nigeria and Ghana are notorious for their scammers and hence most people probably wouldn’t pursue a relationship with someone from one of these countries.
These scammers are well aware of this and therefore often pretend to be from the USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.