Like a Nigerian scammer, posing only slightly convincingly as one of your real-life friends, trying to get you to send them a 0 wire transfer.A former university colleague ("Evan") passed along this Facebook conversation, which he promises really happened to him.
We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend's accounts ("Calvin"), pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.
We've asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are -- one made the rounds last November -- and what they do about them. Calvin: i need your help urgently Evan: yes sir Calvin: am stuck here in london Evan: stuck?
The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.
The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
Calvin: nigeria Evan: i have bad news for you many americans know about nigerians sending emails to this country to try to get money Calvin: yes Evan: it is a trick that we know about so we are very careful Calvin: eeeeeeeeeeeeh Evan: you will not find a stupid person to send you money Calvin: i have got some Evan: well good job Evan: do you live in lagos or in another city?