They're perfect. In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with. A decent person with a good job or business in search of a good, honest partner to settle down with.
You or someone you know may be dating this person online right now. However, be warned. Things aren't what they appear to be. In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafe with a well rehearsed script he's used many times before. He's hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance. If you are over 40, recently divorced, a widow, elderly or disabled then all the better in his eyes. Scammers are adept at psychological profiling, and use any weakness they find to their advantage.
They use psychological tricks to lure their victims in, use poetry and even gifts to get them under their spell, then once you are there, will try to reach for your wallet, all the time declaring their 'undying love' for you. The scam may take the form of asking you to cash a cheque for them through your bank account because they are 'out of the country' and unable to cash it themselves, or they may come right out and ask you to send money to help them out of a fabricated 'financial difficulty' they claim to be experiencing. These are all lies used to try to make them easy money from an unsuspecting victim.
The sad truth is, for every real profile you see on the internet, there are numerous false ones pretending to be your perfect mate and using photographs stolen from modelling or social networking sites. The people in the photographs are as much victims as the people who get scammed for hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars.Internet romance scams and other related crimes are very real, and they are affecting -- even ruining -- lives throughout the world.
The best weapon against this crime is education. The more people that are educated in the ways the scams work, the harder it is for the scammers to make money and the more scammers that can be put out of business.
Miss Marple from United States
Happy Birthday Dirk !!
Good to see you again .
Dirk you keep your promise! :)
You said I'll be back ...
Spasibo! The Dagger is still around (somewhere). :)
If you are a scam victim still in correspondence with a scammer and if they know any personal information about you like your real name, phone number, address, etc., the first thing you should do is DROP THEM. Stop all communication and block them from all your messengers. Don't reply to their e-mails and don't answer their phone calls. Many people are tempted to keep corresponding in order to 'get more info on the scammers'. Not only it is not safe, but in most cases it is useless! If you think that if you collect enough 'evidence' they are going to be caught, and you will recover your money, this is not going to happen - especially with Nigerian scammers. No matter how much information you collect on them, none of this information will result in their arrest. Unfortunately, your money is gone. Stop all communication, close this page of your life ASAP and move on! Leave the job of collecting information to scam hunters.
Emails from police, FBI, EFCC:
If someone emails you with promises to get your lost money back, this is what's called a recovery scam. It's the scammer trying one last go at taking even more money from you. Don't fall for it. Besides, no authority will contact you first, out of the blue. They will only contact you as a followup on your own report and they will have an official email address (not yahoo, hotmail or gmail).