Nigeria scams via dating websites
They believe that the payoff will be so great in the end, that they take time to get to know you and ask questions about your life as to create the illusion that they really care. After woo-ing the woman who he has most likely met via a social network or dating site, he then begins his pity story which usually revolves around one of these few scenarios: *I am deployed with no family and I have a hard time getting what I need over here * I am trying to come home on leave and I don’t have the money to do so * I went AWOL and need money to get out of this situation * I need you to apply for leave on my behalf (which require a fee) because I really want to come and see you If this has happened to you then you are officially being not only catfished but conned, duped ,and scammed.
This is nothing but another version of the Nigerian Money Scams. If the fake soldier starts giving you the story about how he needs things he can’t get “over there” but wants you to send money instead of a care package that is room for suspicion.
Military members get paid and have access to the majority of what they need even in combat zones. If the fake soldier says he needs you to sign papers for him to come on leave and send a fee that is an automatic red flag.
Military spouses and significant others do not need to sign or pay for anything in relation to military coming home from overseas.
Unfortunately , for many it doesn’t turn out that way.
This can be an elaborate ruse lasting weeks – perhaps they will concoct a trip abroad and later a sudden crisis that leaves them in urgent need of cash.
Sometimes they will spin a yarn about sending money to their victim’s current account and ask him or her to forward some of the money on.
However, Colin Woodcock, a senior investigator with SOCA – the Serious Organised Crime Agency – said: ‘This crime affects hundreds, maybe thousands of people in the UK, to the tune of up to £80million a year.
Victims typically lose from £50 to a couple of hundred to several thousand pounds, but some individuals have been taken for over £275,000.’ Mr Woodcock, who was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to law enforcement, has devoted two years to exposing rom scams – many of which operate from Ghana and Nigeria.