Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Romance Scam Gang Out of Nigeria Busted

According to report out of Benin City, Nigeria, authorities have arrested 20 suspects who had banded together as a scam group targeting widows on various social networks using false identities and other scam tactics. Police raid confiscated 48 laptops, 20+ phones, 8 wireless modems, and one vehicle. When questioned, they confessed to primarily engaged in dating scams targeting foreign widows, and have them send money with promises of love and marriage.

This is a growing problem as seniors, especially widows, are starved for attention and some simply are too naive to realize that "On the internet, nobody knows if you're a dog" (or a scammer). At least one Australian pensioner was found dead in South Africa after traveling there to find her "true love". Another was stopped TWICE at the Australian airport trying to travel to Africa, which horrified her daughter and the police detectives working the fraud cases. 

Ah, but what do these scammers have in common?
  • Religion: vast majority of fake dating scammers claim either they are Christians, or religion is very important in their lives. 
  • Looking for Women: According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the most common romance scam target is a woman over 40
  • Widower:  Over 60 percent of scam profiles surveyed say that they're widowers.
  • Education: no scam profile surveyed claimed only high school or bachelors. In contrast, significant number of them claim to have graduate or Ph. D. degrees. 

Watch out for scammers, not only in your life, but those of your relatives and friends. 

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1 comment:

  1. Almost every day I get an email scammer who entered the mail box from 2012 until now and I try to reply to all emails them but with caution and careful not to get carried away in the seduction-seduction love that makes our hearts cradled in his words. all the letters they send always end up with the demand for money for a variety of reasons. Some time ago the scammer email letters I publish on a blog: Romance Scammers Dating - http://romancescammer.blogspot.com/ in order for the public to know that if you get a letter like this is a scammer, please refer to the examples of the following email pictures they use (they steal other people's pictures as a model, actress, TV actress and also using porn models) and this is an example of an email scammer letters.

    Full name : Elena Konogorova.
    Country : Russia, City Vladimir, Street Bottom Dubrova,
    house 17 apartment 22.An index 600037
    Dated : Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM
    Email : elena.kongoa@yahoo.com
    Subject : I wait for your answer Joko

    Hello, I am glad that that you have written to me on mine personal e-mail. If you are interested by me that I think that we can learn each other.
    It is not a lot of about me:
    My full name Elena, but my friends and parents call me Lena.
    I live Russia. To me 32 years.
    I not when was not married as I do not have children. I think that I have not found the person with whom I would like to have them.
    I wish to plan the future together with the husband. I dream of the family centre and a cosiness. It what does not suffice me here.
    I hope that I will not frighten to you the thoughts, I want usual female happiness to be happy and to be favourite by the woman at the man.
    Russia the huge country, here there live the most different people. However, I have not met the man to whom I will have feelings.
    I wish to clear up, and I want, that you knew about my purposes.
    The the letter I will send you a photo, I as would like that you have sent me the photo. I Wait for yours the letter tomorrow Elena

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