Dating sites inheritance scam
“Some wait nine months before making their approach.” Why?
“Because they have hundreds, if not thousands, of people on the go.
Because they have so much money coming in, they can wait.”The reason for the request probably meshes with the story: their passport has been lost, or their child needs a doctor, or there’s some other emergency.
It can start with a few hundred dollars, or a thousand. “He said, ‘It’s not a game.’ And what was the excuse?
As Ellen and “Dave” chatted online and occasionally on the phone, she says she told her he was of Swedish descent and was living in Los Angeles. Ellen says she sent the first few thousand to help “Dave” out – and the rest followed as an attempt to get back the money she’d lost.“It was, ‘You’ve already sent me this money — how am I supposed to pay you back if we don’t go to the next step? “And at one point I said, ‘If this keeps up, I’m going to be bankrupt.’ ”Even Ellen is at a loss to explain how an adult, who says she had accumulated a tidy nest egg by growing an inheritance through canny property purchases, could be taken in by the fraudsters.“It’s like I was living in a fog,” Ellen says.People familiar with romance frauds say that it’s generally not one person running a scam — so someone like “Dave” was probably several different people.(“When we hear consumers say, ‘he’ or ‘she,’ we say it’s not a man. “It’s a dozen people working the keyboard.”)Many romance frauds end before the losses run as high as Ellen says hers was, but that doesn’t mean they are less significant, and not just in financial terms.How could a mature, self-sufficient woman send such a huge sum of money to someone she never even met?She reported the loss to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and is now their biggest recorded victim of so-called romance fraud — a new take on the Nigerian email scam.