Nigerian dating fraud
On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.Based on the secret techniques of pick-up artists, the book contains step-by-step instructions on how to ensnare a victim, such as ‘Select a Target’, ‘Isolate the Target’, ‘Create an Emotional Connection’ and ‘Blast Last-Minute Resistance’.They could be adopted or they may be nursing parents through illness.They aim to keep you messaging all hours of the day and night.This helps remove you from real life and allows them to take up more space in your head.It weaves a spell that hurries the relationship into a period of hyper-intimacy.According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
Let’s wait and see.”’ So her scammer tried another tack: introducing Felix, a 14-year-old boy he had ‘saved’ in Liberia, who was temporarily living in Ghana.
It could be getting you to take part in explicit exchanges or send sexual videos. If the ‘one-off deal’ you need to pay is presented as slightly illegal or shady – a mess he has got into and needs help getting out of – you will likely feel too worried to go for help.
Perhaps he is on the edge of retirement or about to leave the military and build a new civilian life; perhaps he was widowed years ago and only now feels able to start again.
Or they may tell you about a large inheritance that is 'difficult to access' because of government restrictions or taxes in their country.
The scammer may contact you by email, letter, text message or social networking message.