British dating scams
They supposedly take on the role of intermediary on the internet.Initially, in order not to arouse suspicion, they ask for a small amount of money, supposedly for some small expenses.
usually involves this scheme: the scammers upload fake attractive photos, in most cases of white people.
The officer said they have at least ten cases where people have sent money to the blackmailers but most don’t. As far back as five years ago, a Turkish Cypriot newspaper reported that as much as half a million dollars was being sent to Nigeria by students from the north every month through money transfer offices such as Money Gram and Western Union.
A cursory enquiry among a few colleagues turned up two other cases of romance scams they knew of, one man who was not sure whether he was dealing with a scammer but she had asked for money, and another who had a middle-aged aunt who had been ripped off by a romance scammer a couple of years ago. Romance scams in the US now bring in the highest amount of money to organised gangs of scammers than any other type of internet fraud, according to the FBI, and that may only be the tip of the iceberg as it is estimated that only around 15 per cent of victims report the cases to authorities. But it is not only those defrauded of money who are the victims of scammers.
The Sunday Mail managed to track down what appeared to be the principal female scammer to a university on the Turkish Cypriot side, and also uncovered the real identity of the woman whose photos were stolen from social media to perpetrate the fraud. The exercise, which also involved scamming the scammers, uncovered a tangled mass of lies, deceit, contradictions, fraud and forgery, but mostly it showed the tenacity of the scammers if they think a pay-off is coming and their slippery cunning when confronted with actual proof of their own lies.
“Crooks take advantage of people’s loneliness and wish to find a partner.