America dating scam pictures
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. Their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.
In reality, the scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.
People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.
Usually these scammers are pretending to be someone they’re not, using photos and identities of people they’ve found online.
Romance scams (online dating scams) remain a challenging issue for New Zealand internet users.
A scammer pretends to be in a relationship with someone online in order to scam them out of money.
Once they’ve worked to gain the trust of the person they’ve targeted, they will use various stories to get money or details from that person.
They may start by requesting small sums of money to test the waters, and then build up to requesting larger amounts.