"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.
Then she received a nearly $1,000 phone bill from calling the phone number he had said wouldn't charge her. number Best reached him at revealed the number was no longer in service and was hosted by Magic Jack, an Internet-based phone service that allows people anywhere in the world to make unlimited calls from a U. Shortly after the conversations, victims are provided links to a website where their names, photos and telephone numbers are posted, along with the option to view the sexual conversations for $9.
CNNMoney's attempts to reach "John" on his international phone number provided by Best revealed that it was based out of Nigeria -- a hotbed for online scams -- and has since been disconnected. Victims are then prompted to pay $99 to have their name removed from the site.
I’m in a relationship with kids and I tend to consider myself as being “in crisis”. I’ve had platonic, friendly, love relationships, in different places.
Chatting, talking on the phone, sending emails and getting to know new people have been very important for me and very rewarding emotionally speaking.
Be especially cautious with people you only know through online messages and phone calls. Many scammers use fake photos to lure their victims but video messaging is much harder to fake.