It could be a scammer, often a man, using photos downloaded from the internet in the hope of sucking in as many victims as possible.The man Rhonda Meade fell in love with promised to elope with her to a tropical island paradise where they could be married along white beaches as the setting sun shimmered across vast, crystal-clear waters.
They might say that someone has died leaving millions or they might be a corrupt government official draining federal funds and they want to share this unbelievable fortune with you.All they need is a sum of your money to get things rolling or to cover bank fees.A few days or weeks later their bank calls, informing the victim the money orders were fraudulent and that they are responsible for the amounts owing. You come across a profile of a young, attractive woman on an online dating site or maybe she contacts you.The photos are stunning, perhaps professionally taken or provocative, but the description of what she's looking for in a partner is vague.This is an extreme case of online dating scamming but should serve as a wake up call to all online daters; do you really know who is on the other end of that email or phone?
Of course millions of people have flown across countries and continents to find the loves of their life but it's important to keep personal safety in mind.
Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.
They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.
While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.
It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.
Whatever creative, captivating and greed inducing story you read know this: it's a scam.