Thus, while some chatting over email is important to establish trust, rapport, and interest, extensive emailing back and forth isn’t good because it creates a false sense of intimacy with someone you’ve never met in person. The pics are usually fake, stolen off the internet (see Resources below). Online scammers will start talking in romantic or sexual ways very quickly, even dropping the L word. Regular people don’t do this; how do you have strong feelings for someone you’ve never met? They will misspell and misuse words in a way that makes it clear they don’t speak our language. And, last but never least, the telltale sign of a scammer is when they ask for money. Melissa, the reporter who interviewed me, purposely developed a month-long online relationship from a guy who found her on Facebook. And sure enough, he eventually asked her for money. It’s better to feel a little foolish now than feel much more foolish later.
Often, scammers live overseas and will either admit to living there or will say they’re American but “temporarily” there for business or other reasons.
Long distance relationships are hard enough when someone lives in the next state over… If so, you probably have a series of messages from random men or women telling you that you’re attractive and that they’re looking to meet a nice man or woman.
However, they tend to target people over 40, who didn’t grow up in the Information Age and aren’t as online savvy.
They also target people who are divorced, widowed, or single parents…
There are also military scams (for God Sake, there are NO American Generals browsing dating sites and NO military man will EVER ask you for money.
Then there is a recovery scam - a scammer recontacting you pretending to be FBI, EFCC or any other authority, telling he can help you recover your money... And finaly there is a "stuck parcel" scam, when they supposedly sent you goods/gifts, but they got stuck somewhere on the way (for example, on the customs) and you have to pay to "customs" or some bogus shipping company to get them.
All types of scams are described in details on Romancescam.
- General info on Nigerian dating scams - General info on Russian dating scams - Our HUGE scam database with photos that scammers use - Signs you may be dealing with a Nigerian scammer - Signs you may be dealing with a Russian scammer - Profile descriptions used by Russian scammers: Page 1 - Profile descriptions used by Russian scammers: Page 2 - Profile descriptions used by Russian scammers: Page 3 - Addresses and names used by Nigerian scammers - Forum: report your scammer here - E-mail addresses of scammers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - How to detect the Russian scam - How do Russian scammers operate - Tactics of Russian scammers - Why Russian scammers use The Bat!
There is also a re-shipping scam, when they will ask you to re-ship goods for them.
These goods are purchased with stolen credit cards.
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.