Internet dating scams involving a person that suddenly dies
They start off with some sob story about either being a widower, or their wife left them for another man. They say all the right things, but you should be realistic and see that they are saying them ALL TOO SOON., the longest is usually 4-5 weeks and then they start asking for money.They claim to be businessmen traveling to Nigeria for work related issues, or simply say they work in Nigeria.A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.
Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.
Mr Omokoh, from Nigeria, had made a proposal of marriage to Ms Jacobs before her trip.
Ms Jacobs sent about ,000 to him shortly before the trip to assist him with travelling to meet her in South Africa.