Awhile back I joined a site that was supposed to be for travel information exchange. I hadn't logged into it for awhile and about a month ago, I figured I'd go see what was up since I got an email that they had renovated. So I updated my profile picture and travel info, deleted a couple of old mails and forgot about it until I started getting notifications that I had mail waiting. Well some of these emails were a tad weird.. Men offering friendship, romance, trust, loyalty and email addresses. Well if you google those email addresses, half of them come up as being listed as Internet love scammers.
They get a woman interested in them, and they are usually travelling. Then the woman will get a frantic message that he is stuck somewhere and desperately needs money to get out, or his son is injured and needs x amount of dollars for medical treatment in Nigeria (yes because we single parents always run off to Nigeria with our kids).
I would offer up a sampling, but when you report them as spam, they disappear from the inbox. I'm sure I'll get a few more and when I do I'll share..
In the meantime, there's even a site on how to deal with these guys nicknamed as the Nigerian 419..
All about romance scamming:
News is Unnerving
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