Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.
It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.
You or someone you know may be dating this person online right now. No matter how good they sound, things aren't what they appear to be.
In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he's used many times before.
The scam artist may even establish the credibility of his contacts, and thereby his influence, by arranging a meeting between the victim and “government officials” in real or fake government offices.
Once the victim becomes confident of the potential success of the deal, something goes wrong.
They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.
In fact, the Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service receives approximately 100 telephone calls from victims/ potential victims and 300-500 pieces of related correspondence per day about this scam!
This global scam (recently seen in Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the US) involves the receipt of an unsolicited letter purporting to come from someone who claims to work for the Nigerian Central Bank or from the Nigerian government.
(The Central Bank of Nigeria denies all connection to those who promote this scheme.) In the letter, a Nigerian claiming to be a senior civil servant will inform the recipient that he is seeking a reputable foreign company into whose account he can deposit funds ranging from - million which the Nigerian government overpaid on some procurement contract.
In February 2003, a scam victim from the Czech Republic shot and killed an official at the Nigerian embassy.
SCAM is any unsolicited, off-topic, nonpersonal email we receive, particularly recurring email advertising products or Websites in which we have never expressed an interest.