“But, then, he told me he had lost his job, was laid off, and that he was in need.So, I did what I would have done for any man I was invested in like that.Like many single women, the Midwestern mother of two and caretaker for her ailing father found many possibilities and opportunities when it came to meeting men online. Messenger from October 2006 through February 2007, Walter, a self-described white collar engineer and college sports enthusiast, ended up taking the spellbound Meade for the ride of her life.“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.One of the longest running scams by mail and the Internet, the Nigerian '419' scam (named after the section of the Nigerian code dealing with financial fraud schemes), alleges a wealthy business owner or government official needs help transferring millions of dollars out of his country in exchange for a percentage of the funds for your help.After agreeing to help, the scammer often asks for your assistance in providing some money to help get the money transferred.Auction frauds are the most popular scam, accounting for nearly 75% of the registered complaints to the FBI.
But, while the person on the other end of your messaging app might seem legitimate, how can you tell?
Every day men and women around the world are tricked by the top Internet scams.
Typically, by the time they realize they have been deceived, it’s too late.
For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.
The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin.