Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.
But for every scammer that is apprehended by law enforcement, there are so many more that never will be. They claim to be from a wealthy Nigerian or West African family, and because of the terrible currency devaluation in their country, they need to transfer their money out of the country. The whole investigation would take weeks, months, or years. Plus, modern-day 419 scammers typically work in groups. These heartless fraudsters, known as Nigerian scammers, are much, much worse than your parasitic ex. The Nigerian scam has long been flagged as a common type of cyber crime. Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service reportedly receives 100 calls a day from people claiming to be victims of a Nigerian scam. Here's how the con typically works: You get an email from someone asking for your help. To obtain an arrest warrant for the perpetrator, you'd have to acquire a huge body of evidence of email communications, phony documents, bank transactions, etc.Then, once you hand over your banking info and pay a "small fee" to cover the expenses related to the transfer, the so-called "prince" sucks your savings dry. If an unsolicited email reads like a drunk text, it's probably a hoax. That's a clear sign that Sandra doesn't know what the hell she's talking about. Spare yourself the trauma of a drawn-out, potentially inconclusive criminal investigation.Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.