Nigerian men dating scams
"Redden" even went so far as to try to influence what he thought was Krystene's daughter- telling the child her mother needed to send him money to help is own daughter in a Nigerian hospital. When Krystene finally called him on the scam- he was evasive, defiant, and insistant that she had the wrong idea. If you're communicating online with a man who wants a relationship, don't give out any personal information like your address, financial information or personal information about your family.Then finally, something she was not expecting- a threat. Wait for several months, at least to find out more about them.Someone you know may be dating this guy right now - online- and he's got quite a plan- because he's not just one guy, he's dozens of guys, sitting in a room with a script- cashing in on romantic gullibility. He is a single man, raising his daughter- who is 12-years-old," says Krystene Tucker. Krystene says He quickly moved in- from friendship to romance to a crisis- "Krystene- I really need your help. " My client needs to send me a check." He gave her some convoluted but weakly believable story about being stuck in Nigeria with no way to cash the check. "I would be depositing that check in my account, taking that cash and then going to Western Union and wiring that money to him.The single mother in Mukilteo wasn't even looking for romance, when a mystery man named Redden sought her out in an internet chat room. He said he was in the import-export business and traveled a lot. At this point I knew it was a scam and so I was looking to get something - proof of what he wanted done." So she gave him a fake address and put on her detective hat.They were American, but they lived in far-flung locations like France or Afghanistan where they could justify not making phone calls or meeting in person.And they were immediately affectionate, talking about their “passionate love” and asking about their “inner being.” After the scammers established contact, they’d make up a financial emergency, like needing to pay for a flight home.
As the FTC explains, it’s technically simple to avoid losing money to romance scammers: you can run a reverse image search on profile photos to detect fakes, look for inconsistencies in your paramour’s stories, and just avoid sending money to anybody you haven’t met.
A report from cybersecurity company Agari claims to expose one corner of the multimillion-dollar romance scam industry: a Nigerian fraud ring it dubs Scarlet Widow.
As with other romance scams, members of Scarlet Widow created numerous fake personas to bait lonely men and women into online relationships.
That included ,000 allegedly stolen from his stepfather.
Agari says it’s identified at least three people associated with Scarlet Widow.
Agari notes some telling details in the Scarlet Widow group’s messages, for instance, like “Laura” stating that “I use facial cleansers at times” and “I generally don’t smell” in her introduction.