“The Internet makes this type of crime easy because you can pretend to be anybody you want to be.
You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people,” she said.
This scam is also known as AFF or Advanced Fee Fraud, and it comes in many shapes and sizes.
But there are unifying themes: You may have received emails in your inbox with strange, unsolicited business proposals, perhaps asking you for help moving money in or out of Nigeria.
Yet it wise to listen to our intuition, heart and knowledge.They enjoy the process and feel a sense of mastery and satisfaction which leads them to repeat the cycle.The scam artist can prey on anyone: intelligent, sensitive, kind or generous but often focus on the heartbroken, raw and vulnerable.The woman believed she would be paying to have the money—including the repayment of her million—transferred to the U. from South Africa, where Charlie was still supposedly working.In July 2016, the two Nigerian co-conspirators pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in the scam, and a federal judge sentenced them each to 36 months in prison last December.
It may seem unlikely that one would be caught in an online dating scam but it does happen to millions of people.