In July, "John" told her that he was traveling to the United Kingdom to buy antiques for his store.Then one day he called saying he went to Nigeria to buy more, but he was stuck -- he asked her for ,000 cash to get his purchases back to the States.
"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.
In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.
Here is a wonderful list originally compiled by the Romancescams Yahoo group, but modified and extended by us.
Not all signs on this list are equally alerting and not all of them necessarily mean scam, but if he/she generally fits the pattern, it is most likely a scam! - Their profile picture looks professionally done and can be found on a modeling website - They are middle-aged high rank US military - Their height/weight is not proportional -e.g.
in Arabic, French (Francais), Japanese Let me tell you something about myself: My full name is JIM T. I was born in Northern Wisconsin in October 1ST 1957, but i was brought up in Indonesia.
i grew up in Indonesia, i graduated from University of Indonesia. My father was a gold merchant and had Merchants , company and Trade in West Coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. i and my son was very lucky that we were here in US for holiday.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.