Every few months the unfortunate story of someone scammed through an online dating site surfaces in the papers.
But, scammers will often say they are abroad for two main reasons: – Many scams are operated out of Nigeria, and sometimes other African countries such as the Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Some scammers will be blatant about where they are located – If a scammer says they are in the Army, on an oil rig, or a doctor/nurse working abroad, then this is a very convenient excuse as to why they can’t call you, are online at strange hours, or disappear for weeks on end. If they seem too good to be true, they probably are If the person you are talking to online looks like a supermodel, claims to be incredibly rich and successful and is very charming then it’s always worth remembering the old adage about things being ‘too good to be true’.
The lowly-paid shop worker had even resorted to starving himself so he could afford to meet the incessant demands for funds being made by his online ‘partner’.
An inquest was told how Mr Doney, from Grimsby, had visited a website specialising in holidays for people looking for love when he began chatting to someone he believed was a prospective partner in the summer of 2015.
In an interview, she claimed she was “bowled over” by “John”, the name the scammer used.
See that interview below – Romance scams work by scammers targeting often vulnerable people who have turned to the Internet to date.
She said – What was also revealing is that many of the victims were well educated and did not fit the profile for those that you may had initially thought were vulnerable to such a scam.
One victim, Judith Lathlean, who lost £140,000 to a romance scammer, was a university professor.
His sister, Gillian Doney, said he was intending to meet the woman during the trip but the rendezvous never materialised.
After returning home, Mr Doney changed his Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ and started sending money to the fraudster without his family’s knowledge.
in the UK, online romance scams have managed to dupe victims in the UK out of a record amount of money, with losses for the year standing at at least 39 million pounds.