Dating nigerian online scams
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.
By now most Americans have been warned about the Nigerian scam in which a supposed prince or wealthy person asks for your help (“Dearest one”) in depositing his millions in a bank, of course offering a slice of that wealth for your trouble.
The problem with the romance scam is that the scammers take on other, more ordinary identities: businessman, contractor, soldier.
I tell them that I have heard their story before, and then they stop contact.
“The Internet makes this type of crime easy because you can pretend to be anybody you want to be,” FBI special agent Christine Beining, a fraud investigator in the Houston division, has declared.
“You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people.” And scammers are not just targeting the United States.
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.