The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa. Sandra wants Justin to act fast so that he'll transfer the money before he realizes exactly how sketchy this whole situation is. Sandra wants to tug at Justin's heartstrings so that he feels obligated to help her. Of course, not all 419 scams will be as blatantly obvious as Sandra's. If you actually get scammed, there's no guarantee that justice will ever be served. "Love," "thanks," "god bless" — who could reject a request from such a polite stranger? And there you have it: the telltale sign that Sandra is a scammer."But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.Morrison's erstwhile Romeo claimed he needed her to "lend" him ,000 to deal with one of the many crises he had fabricated.
In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he's used many times before.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Can they use your bank account to hold their money? They just need access to your bank account to set up the transfer. "Be delieve trough (US MAIL)" — That's not an autocorrect fail. And even if law enforcement pinpointed the exact identity of the scammer, the perp would have to be extradited to the U. Because they have so many people on their payroll — about 30 percent of scammers' earnings go to paying bribes — it's difficult for Nigerian and international policing agencies to track down specific individuals.
But for every scammer that is apprehended by law enforcement, there are so many more that never will be. They claim to be from a wealthy Nigerian or West African family, and because of the terrible currency devaluation in their country, they need to transfer their money out of the country. The whole investigation would take weeks, months, or years. Plus, modern-day 419 scammers typically work in groups.