It will all feel so right, and end so horribly wrong.
The VAST majority of these scammers are located in former Soviet states like the Ukraine, or in Western Africa (think Ghana, Benin and Nigeria) but usually pretend to be located somewhere else, even in the USA.
In order to make the scams work they need anonymity.
They'll have screen names and give you a (bogus) full name, but good luck getting a mailing address, name/address of their employer or other significant details.
They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.
And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Disclaimer regarding pictures posted on the board: please understand that you are NOT looking at the pictures of people who are actually scamming you.
The people portrayed on these photos are innocent men and women, NOT involved in scamming in any way and have nothing to do with scammers.
They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?
If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.