How internet dating scams work

Another common scam one comes across in online dating is the medical emergency scam.Just when you think your online relationship is going really well, your online partner will be faced with some sort of medical emergency.It’s terrible being the victim of a scam and the first thing most scam victims do is contact the police in the hope they can actually catch the person who duped them.Sometimes scammers figure out you are onto them but instead of backing off, they take advantage of the situation by pretending to be the police.

Again, most often these scammers will pretend to be a Western man but in reality they will be scammers based in Africa.

The subject lines often read something similar to "From the desk of Mr [name]" or even "Your assistance is solicited".

While the stories may vary slightly, the general plot then talks of a person (usually a corrupt government employee) who has come across a large sum of money and needs your assistance to get the funds out of the country.

At the end of the day they all have the same basic plot – there is an emergency and won’t you please send them some money?

Rest assured, once you do send the money that is the last you will hear of them and your money.

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