Nigerian men online dating scams
This suggestion comes from Adam: I just wanted to notify you of a type of scam that is going on with some of the dating sites.
Basically, the scam is to get a guy to set up a Pay Pal account using a credit card.
It sounded too sketchy to me, and I recognized it for the scam factor.
I tell them that I have heard their story before, and then they stop contact.
It was probably an early, crude version of the Nigerian scam.
Victims were told that Henry Ford on his death had left millions of dollars to be distributed to the “common folks” who had supported his company by buying and using Ford cars, but that it was tied up by a series of corrupt government officials (reaching all the way to the Supreme Court!
“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.
This is one of the most popular scams in online dating.
Nigeria and Ghana are notorious for their scammers and hence most people probably wouldn’t pursue a relationship with someone from one of these countries.
Luckily, the dating sites that I use have an option to report abuse, and I do my best to report each case. The reference to the infamous Nigerian scam in a recent newsletter brought back memories.
Our friend, Dave Taylor, provides a very good answer to a question that we’ve received (in different words) from dozens of subscribers: I don’t get it, and frankly I’m a bit freaked out: I just got an email message from a company I’d never heard of that said it had matched a couple of possible jobs to my resume, but I never went to their site, never uploaded a resume, and have no idea how they get all that information about me. Fifty years ago, I was doing criminal fraud investigations for the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of which became known as The Great Ford Swindle.