Skype and internet dating scams
But instead of catching a great guy, Connie almost ended up on a scam artist's hook.Connie's personal posting on a popular site yielded a quick email from a purported career soldier stationed in Afghanistan.Noticing What Isn't Right Engaging in Conversation Meeting the Person Community Q&A For most of us, finding love on the internet can be a gift from heaven.For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way." From internet cafes all over west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey - singles looking for love online. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.The scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails, and then send off thousands of fraudulent letters and emails awaiting the victim's replies.
“He was very charming, very nice,” said Louise, who did not want her full name used in order to protect her privacy.However, before we begin, you may want to spend a moment looking at this week’s most popular articles from our other sites: Is Identity Theft Really Like the Commercials Show It?Identity theft is no laughing matter — prevention involves knowing what measures to take and putting those measures into action.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).