They usually claim to have jobs that keep them outside the country for long periods of time, such as working on an oil rig, serving in the military, or working for a nonprofit.Next, they seek out victims – usually people who are lonely and vulnerable – and work to build up relationships with them.When the victim finally wises up – or runs out of money – the scammer disappears.In a few cases, the scam continues even after the victim catches on.Unfortunately, they couldn’t meet in person because he was studying overseas, but they talked and texted every day.Then one day Eric called in a panic, saying his passport had been stolen.
After a rough divorce the year before, she was thrilled to meet a man who shared her religion, interests, and love of children and animals.
Many romance scammers operate outside the United States.
According to Huff Post, most of them are located in Ghana and Nigeria, but an increasing number originate in communities of West African immigrants in Canada, Malaysia, and Britain.
They can spend months winning over their victims with regular conversations, long e-mails, poetry, gifts, and declarations of love – everything except face-to-face meetings.
Often, they rely on pre-written scripts that tell them exactly what to say at what point in the relationship.