Fraud dating sites
The subject lines often read something similar to "From the desk of Mr [name]" or even "Your assistance is solicited".While the stories may vary slightly, the general plot then talks of a person (usually a corrupt government employee) who has come across a large sum of money and needs your assistance to get the funds out of the country.At the end of the day they all have the same basic plot – there is an emergency and won’t you please send them some money?
A scam victim will usually receive an email making an offer of a large sum of money.
This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.
It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.
The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.
The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa.
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These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.