In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The government says eight people have been charged with laundering money obtained from online romance scams based in Ohio. Attorney's Office in Columbus said Tuesday the defendants would eventually request money for investments, often involving gold, diamond, oil and gas pipeline opportunities in Africa.
Upon finding a target, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, such as providing an e-mail address or phone number, to continue the deception.The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim.The woman will be unable to inherit the fortune until she gets married, the marriage being a prerequisite of the father, uncle or grandfather's will.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.Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and they will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out a sexual fantasy of theirs with the scammer.
Other scammers also like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country.One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.Unlike a gold digger, who marries for money, a pro-dater is not necessarily single or available in real life.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 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.