Dating website scam list
This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.It’s terrible being the victim of a scam and the first thing most scam victims do is contact the police in the hope they can actually catch the person who duped them.Sometimes scammers figure out you are onto them but instead of backing off, they take advantage of the situation by pretending to be the police.So say you have been duped by a Nigerian scammer and you contact the Nigerian police for help.You might get an email apparently from the Nigerian police telling you they have closed in on the scammer and need a payment from you before they can arrest him.
The sums usually run up to millions of dollars with the victim being promised a huge chunk of it for their "help".
The subject lines often read something similar to "From the desk of Mr [name]" or even "Your assistance is solicited".
While the stories may vary slightly, the general plot then talks of a person (usually a corrupt government employee) who has come across a large sum of money and needs your assistance to get the funds out of the country.
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.
These are examples of some of the most notorious scams in the world of online dating and on the internet in general.