When Theresa Smalley received a note from Richie last January asking if she wanted to chat, she was flattered. The two began exchanging e-mails, friendly at first, but quickly swelling in intensity and passion.
By Valentine's Day, Smalley received a box of chocolate candy, a teddy bear, and a helium balloon that said "I love you." Smalley, 46, was hooked, even though she had never met him.
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.
Before that, he used to hang out with nomadic cow-herding kids, children who sell bottled water by the roadside, and budding scam artists.
Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.
“I thought he was too good to be true.”Chatting nightly over Yahoo!
Messenger from October 2006 through February 2007, Walter, a self-described white collar engineer and college sports enthusiast, ended up taking the spellbound Meade for the ride of her life.“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.
Then, Richie was ready to leave the country, but needed money to deal with a visa problem. I had to pay them ,700, which was everything I had," she said. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever known that this is all a part of an elaborate online scam. agencies have issued warnings on the scams, also known as "419" or "advance-fee" frauds.
Obviously, they make up names that they think will sound credible to you, like "EU Monetary Dispursement Fund" (which I just made up! For other government agencies to report scams, see this page. We are always interested in hearing about any potential scams!
Felony charges against Kazeem Owonla, 44, were filed in Indiana, where one woman reported sending more than 0,000 to a man who represented himself as an electrical engineer who was working in Egypt.
Treat this list as known scammers, but just because a name is NOT on the list DOES NOT mean they are not also a scammer.
Scammers simply make up the names they use, so as soon as we publish their name, they invent and use another name.