"He has a child and he's in Afghanistan and he's fighting the terrorists and he's a pilot, and I thought my prayers had been answered," Schuster said. Eventually, Smith asked Schuster to wire him some money to help support his daughter. She had sent him nearly ,000 before she finally realized the whole thing was a scam.
She began a relationship online with a military officer serving in Afghanistan named Adam Smith.
The person you may feel you "fell in love" with simply does not exist.
Note too, that although this has the name "Nigerian Scam", people perpetrating it are not necessarily in Nigeria. Or, they may be in western Europe, or the US or Canada. Other romance scams originated in Romania or Russia. In all fairness to the majority of people in or from Nigeria, the plurality of people in that country are decent, law-abiding citizens.
We were men and women who happen to have the qualities of being open, compassionate, loving, and trusted those who we loved and we believed loved us.
Not the using, not the theft, not causing an innocent person to go to jail...
It could help stop a fraudster in his cruel and dastardly tracks.
And I think as a result of that, there's a market for it and it's easier for people to get sort of teams of people lined up to do these types of scams." The reddest flag Skilled scam artists are patient.
"Even in the last decade, so many more people meet other people online for the purpose of dating," said New York attorney Jonathan Hood, who has written extensively on internet fraud. Of course, the best way to tell if the person you are dealing with is real is to meet in person. "If they say, 'I'm not ready to meet you in person,' or 'I want to continue just chatting online,' that could be trouble," Hood said.
"It just makes it so much easier for people to connect without ever meeting in person, and sort of as a result, never really verifying that the other person is who they say they are." In the latest twist, reported on the next episode of CNBC's "American Greed," con artists are exploiting Americans' respect for the military. Moving your relationship from virtual to real is a big step. If you are not yet comfortable meeting your new friend in person, Hood says to at least try to move away from the confines of the dating site by getting their email address or connecting on Facebook. "If you start getting, 'I'm not sure that I'm comfortable with that yet,' it doesn't mean that they're a scammer, but in my mind it would raise some red flags," Hood said.
Heck, mine even knew enough to try GASLIGHTING for gods' sake!
That's something used by the very unscrupulous to try to convince the person they're using/abusing is "crazy".