Internet dating fraud and nigeria
Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.Ms Fowkes, a self-employed child care consultant, began sending money to Nigeria in August 2010 after her internet lover failed to visit her at Heathrow after telling her he had booked a flight.She said: "He was due to come for a visit in August but he wasn't on the flight and then when he rang later that day he said they stopped him at customs to do with tax issues with his business.The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant.We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you.Robin Longmore, a financial intelligence development officer for West Mercia Police said: "Through our investigations we started to believe Vicky was a victim.This kind of thing is a massive problem in Nigeria and Ghana with groups of men sitting in internet cafes all conning people over their internet dating sites.
But West Mercia Police visited Ms Fowkes and broke the news that she was the victim of a con artist.
The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.
The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!
Be aware that, despite the fancy crests and legalese, there is no such company at this address For many years Nigerian criminals have targeted people around the world with stories about liberating millions of dollars, once the property of a toppled dictator or a deceased expatriot.
They used to fax but they have now discovered e-mail and can reach more potential marks.