The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!
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.
They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
In fact, the Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service receives approximately 100 telephone calls from victims/ potential victims and 300-500 pieces of related correspondence per day about this scam!
Indications are that the advance fee fraud grosses hundreds of millions of dollars annually and the losses are continuing to escalate.
Having paid for an airfare he waited at an airport all day but then claimed she had been unable to travel due to an “accident”. Miss Doney said: “He thought she was going to come over here and that they were going to get married and have children. He just wanted a family.“He was borrowing money to send over there.
He wasn’t eating properly and he was starving himself.
(The Central Bank of Nigeria denies all connection to those who promote this scheme.) In the letter, a Nigerian claiming to be a senior civil servant will inform the recipient that he is seeking a reputable foreign company into whose account he can deposit funds ranging from - million which the Nigerian government overpaid on some procurement contract.
The goal of the scam artist is to delude the victim into thinking that he or she has been singled out to participate in a very lucrative — although questionable — arrangement.
However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.
The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.
If you're lucky, you've found us before you got scammed.