Types of online dating scams
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.While online dating sites work hard to eliminate scammers from their sites, unfortunately some continue to be very deceptive and get past the fraud checks so it is important to be aware of what a potential scammer might attempt to do.Nobody wants to be scammed yet most people are not quite sure what to look out for.
It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.
Similar to the Spanish prisoner scam where the scamster promises to share his fortunes with the victim in exchange for money to bribe the prison guards, the Nigerian 419 has fully come into its own thanks to the availability of email.
A scam victim will usually receive an email making an offer of a large sum of money.
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.
Once you do send the money however, it is unlikely that the visit will ever actually materialize.