Sites catering to international dating have also been singled out as popular scam venues.Scammers, hiding behind fictitious profiles, initiate a relationship with an individual seeking companionship, marriage, or a sexual relationship. One character commonly described by victims is an attractive, wealthy American citizen living abroad, frequently in Nigeria or another west African country.They'd hit it off right away, and he said he lived just outside of Phoenix, which seemed relatively proximate to a woman in remote Yuma, Ariz. First, he was traveling through India with his daughter.Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin. If you receive an email like one of these, you should simply delete it.When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.
These complications may be family-related (a close family member is very sick and needs financial assistance) or travel-related (a hotel manager has seized my passport, or immigration officials require bribes).
A month after meeting, the con artist complained of financial difficulties and began asking for money to pay his employees and to replace stolen tools.
All in all, the woman wired around 0,000 to Hagan, who was actually a Nigerian named Kazeem Owonla.
"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.