It’s terrible being the victim of a scam and the first thing most scam victims do is contact the police in the hope they can actually catch the person who duped them.
Sometimes scammers figure out you are onto them but instead of backing off, they take advantage of the situation by pretending to be the police.
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.
Variations of these include them needing surgery they can’t afford, treatment for their son’s brain tumor or you may even get a call from someone pretending to be a doctor telling you your partner has been in a serious accident and you need to send money so they can start treatment.
Sometimes, the scams are long and stretched out with the scammers attempting to get as much money out of you as possible by cooking up a variety of medical complications.
These are examples of some of the most notorious scams in the world of online dating and on the internet in general.
This is one of the most popular scams in online dating.
It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.Do not send money if you are in a similar situation because it is probably a scam.Again, most often these scammers will pretend to be a Western man but in reality they will be scammers based in Africa.These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.
So say you have been duped by a Nigerian scammer and you contact the Nigerian police for help.