Internet dating scam america
Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.
You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.
Scammers often use female profiles as well to fool their potential victim.
Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.
This annoying online danger usually happens when you first create your online profile and start chatting with other members. Don’t give out your email address before you’re certain of who you’re dealing with.
You’re asked almost instantly for your email address and are suddenly inundated with spam. And then use a separate address (as we suggested above) that you can easily cancel if you start to get a lot of spam.
(Realize, of course, that the “recent” picture they send may not truly be recent — or it may not even be a picture of your “date.”) Also, protect yourself from people who might be emotionally unstable.
If you’re concerned about the person’s age ask him/her to send a recent photo.
Also known as the advance fee scam this is an oldie but a goody.
Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.
At some point “she” asks for money, sometimes in order to come visit you or because someone is ill. Finally, if a person’s emails don’t seem to be following earlier conversations or contradict things that were already said, it could be your “dream date” is using a scripted seduction, copied from a previous target.
Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.