In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren’t even in the United States.
Part 3: To make matters worse, when he finally overcomes all the bureaucratic hurdles – thanks to the girlfriend’s largesse – he has trouble in transit. She speaks with a heavy African accent after being there for two years.
During his stopover en route, he is allegedly detained by airport immigration authorities who believe his visa to be fake. I have attempted to send her money so that she can leave the country, and both times the guy at Western Union stole the money. Nigeria is no place for an American – especially a woman with no friends, no family and no money.
Message 2: I received the following communiqué from an American citizen named Ms. She claims that she had traveled to Nigeria and had her belongings stolen and is "stranded" there. After a successful online courtship, the two agree to meet. His life and freedom are in danger, and is counting on him to help her through this difficult time. The Expected Payoff: If she is sympathetic and assists him through his sudden crisis, the girlfriend stands to gain a large degree of gratitude from the young soldier.However, before they do, he must travel overseas to serve his country in the military. The Tragic Circumstances: The traveler allegedly becomes a victim of a violent crime, and needs assistance taking care of theirhospital bill. If all goes well, his gratitude for this emotional support will translate, she hopes, into significant goodwill and affection from him when they finally meet.The financial needs range from 0 for bribes to ,000 for the hospital.
The unfortunate traveler ends up having serious problems on his way to America.
In some cases, victims have already met their on-line correspondent in person once or twice; other aspects of the scam remain identical. has stated that she had her American Express charge card stolen but was told by Am Ex that nothing could be done about it.......... Only the voice messaging service answers to leave a message. I have not heard from her since this ordeal has happened.