Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.These are examples of some of the most notorious scams in the world of online dating and on the internet in general.This is one of the most popular scams in online dating. 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.Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.They often communicate with you for weeks and months so you think you are getting to know them better while it is actually all part of their master plan.
Another name for this scam is the "advance-fee" scam because the fraudster asks you to pay money before you get the payoff (that never actually arrives). Here's how to avoid getting swindled by 419 fraud: Sometimes, multiple scammers will pose as one person; other times, one scammer will pose as a wealthy Nigerian, attorney, travel agent, lawyer, government official, etc. Everything the scammer tells you — their name, address, occupation, and sob story — is a complete lie.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.Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.