Other cybercrooks convince people they’re sending money to needy soldiers. She opened the suitcase and saw nothing, but whoever was scamming her told Armstrong that it was sewn into the lining and that she could pull out the lining to have a look if she liked. So she took her belongings from her own suitcase and transferred them to the rigged one, as instructed.And then there are those who send bogus emails claiming you’ll get a payment just as soon as you first pay a “shipping agent” (known as “advance fee fraud“). Too bad she didn’t take the Lothario up on the offer to pull back the suitcase lining. She was immediately arrested, imprisoned, and spent the next 2.5 years in prison. Her lawyers believed her, but the judge was incredulous: how could an “articulate, intelligent woman with great family support” be scammed?They wouldn’t release her, though, given that it would have set a legal precedent. I’m lucky I wasn’t sent to a country where they have the death penalty for drug offenses. The prison wasn’t flash, but there are a lot of worse places to be.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, the cyber scam network was set up by a group of Nigerians in 2009, which ran romance and credit card-related scams.
One victim was an American woman who was ditched while waiting at an airport, in her wedding dress along with her pastor, for her “future husband”.
It pays to be wary, particularly when people you meet on these sites claim to be “in love” after just a few days of chatting.
If someone seems over the top impassioned, too soon, they may be lying about being head over heels. It’s hard because when you have those rose-colored glasses on, you don’t want them shattered.
One such was the rapist who was jailed for life after sexually attacking 7 women he met on the dating site. Armstrong found out too late, people you meet online aren’t always who they say they are.