Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.Often, these online friendships blossom into genuine long-term relationships.An increasing number of people have found life-partners via relationships started online.Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country.One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.
Regardless of the strength of your feelings towards a correspondent, you should view any requests for money as highly suspicious.
Internet dating scammers often used the same names, family details and cover stories in multiple dating scams.
Therefore, you may be able to expose a scam by conducting Internet searches on the names used by the scammers or key phrases from their emails.
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.
After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.