Catfishing dating scams
This is often known as catfishing. The scammer says their boss has paid them in postal money orders.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money. The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove that they are a real person so that the victim will send money for the flight. The scammer convinces their victim that they are sincere until they are able to build up enough rapport to ask for thousands of dollars to help bring the gold into the victim's country.
These requests may be for gas money, bus and airplane tickets to visit the victim, medical expenses or education expenses. There is usually the promise that the scammer will one day join the victim in the victim's home. Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims. As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.
The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or illness of themselves or a family member. Some scammers may also use Bitcoin as an alternative payment method. However, the scammer never arrives. Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious. The bank eventually reverts the money order cash but not the wire transfer.
The scammer asks the victim to cash the forged money orders, and then wire money to the scammer. Other scammers also like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam. The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer. Often photos of unknown African actresses will be used to lure the victim into believing they are talking to that person.
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