Dating scam baiters
Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.The victim needs to be reeled in slowly over email and phone (a non-trivial expense when calling internationally), official looking documents may need to be forged, and many scams involve an in-person meeting.So, scammers need people who may fall for the scam to “self-identify.” Since only the most gullible people will send thousands of dollars or their private bank information to a stranger, the more exotic the original story, the better.This site is dedicated to all the hardworking people who have either been scammed or annoyed by a Nigerian 419 Scam Artist. We love our fellow human beings, although not in any illegal ways. The people I portray are sometimes my own creation, sometimes a character from a movie, or sometimes an actual actor.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
"In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.