All you need to know about love scamming
We all know that love can be a difficult matter and business with love is even trickier. Especially dating on the internet can be quite a risk and could backfire. Over here are several thousands of dating websites which advertises a big number of active members looking for love with free registration. Everyone who is searching for a hot adventure is accepted and at the right place. Sounds good at first however this is often the strategy of a non-reputable dating website which is a rip-off through a moderated chat.
The procedure with this kind of scam is the paying customer spends a lot of money for a conversation which is fake, as the chat partner is a professional animator operating a fake profile that shows a fictitious person. Another way to rip-off love seekers is the threat with a subscription trap. In this case the user gets enticed by the wrong and misleading information into the bound of a subscription that is related to paying higher costs. Of course the price is not just too much but a complete scam as most of the subscription trap dating websites use fake profiles with chat bots as well. So it’s not only that the customer pays too much for a service that can’t be cancelled but also that there is no service at all. There is no satisfaction and not a single real person in the member’s area.
What role does the West African country Nigeria play
Last but not least there is this thing called love scamming which, is a new bad method of a ripping people off. As it is a new developed t scam on the internet there are some questions of course. What exactly is love scamming and which signs are clear hints? Is it possible to recognise it early enough and how can you protect yourself from it? Additional there is the question, what role does the West African country Nigeria play in it. We will explain everything you need to know in the following article.
Love scamming is the same as romance scamming
Love scamming and romance scamming are versatile scams which get more and more common on the Internet. Even though the scam with a fake chat and a subscription trap is a bad game which live love scamming takes the scam with emotions and love to the next level. As the name makes it very clear already the scammers play the crucial game. Love might be the strongest feeling we have in general and can lead some people on a path to a broken heart and a big hole in their budget. The love scammers use love and emotion to switch off logical thinking and the victim follows every instruction. This could be quite nice and an erotic thing but only if there is real love on both sides and there is no harming. In this case it is used to lead the victim into a big rip off.
The goal of love-scamming is to get money. Therefore the scammers crate various incentives so the love victim transfers a lot of money over and over. This can work for a very long period of time. The remarkable thing about love-scamming is that the injured people have never even seen their love in real life. In many cases they only exchanged E-mails, SMS or other messages like WhatsApp for example. From time to time the love scammer sends pictures of themselves which are a fake and show other people. When the victims asks for a video chat or when they will finally want meet each other, the scammers will always find an excuse why it won’t work out right now but maybe another day. It is a legitimate complaint why someone pays a huge amount of money for this. The answer is love and a despicable scam.
How does love scamming work?
One fact that is probably the most remarkable thing about love scamming is that it works in the space of one country but also worldwide. The procedure of the love scamming rip-off is in many cases identical but only the arguments, methods and lies of the scammers are different. Another thing is that usually men get ripped off by love scamming on the internet. The moderated chat with professional moderators and the scammer’s websites, with a subscription trap mostly aimed for male victims, but at this kind of love scamming the victims are both males and females.
At first they receive a note sent by a number that is unknown . The scammers obtain the needed information about the victim via online dating platforms and social media as well. The messages usually are not very different compared to other kind of messages to contact a person for a date. However, the notes are very direct, and quickly promise the great love but the love is not possible to receive and certainly not free. The scam works with small talk and a quite quick explicit confession of love from both sides. Then it won’t take long and there will be a cry for help.
Scammers are not lacking in creativity and audacity
There are many fictitious persons the scammers will use for the rip off. The soldier who wants to get home or the charming doctor that is stuck in a third world country helping sick little children. There is also the extremely good-looking and extremely successful businessman. All of them are stuck in some place on the other side of the world and need money very quickly. But why do they need money if they are rich or a soldier?
The answer is that they unable to pay their bills as there was a mistake by the bank company, or someone stole everything out of their hotel room. There are many reasons for this situation. More examples are that they have to pay for a vital operation sometimes for their dog or mother, the luggage including credit cards and passport has been stolen or disappeared at the airport. Of course the scammers play the role of the victim and also claim that they had been ripped off, so someone cheated on them and now they have no money at all. The scammers are not lacking in creativity and audacity.
Why does this rip-off work out so well?
Why does the rip-off work? Why does it seem so easy to convince people to transfer huge amounts of money to a person who was completely unknown until recently? Love scamming is so successful because the victims are made emotionally dependent. They feel loved and create a very strong connection to the scammer. The scammer does express the same but in his case it is all a fake. They get to the point is reached where the faker is revealed the victim and will not believe the facts but will keep the trust of the scammer.
Love story will come to an end where there is a huge hole in the budget
Of course they have some concerns while transferring the money but the hope for love is stronger and remains deep inside. Their thoughts are at some point all the money will come back, and will return in combination with the love of their life which they supported through their hardest times. But none of it will happen and the so called love story will come to an end where there is a huge hole in the budget and even worse the emotional damage they will go through.
Of course the scam does not always work and is not a simple thing for the scammers as well. They do a long research to find potential victims. Then the scammers specifically pick out those who are older and have been alone for a long period of time. When they have enough knowledge about the person and their life they will make the first contact. After the first messages are exchanged, and a conversation comes up there might even be some phone calls. The phone calls are made via a normal smartphone and a messenger app or Skype but the conversations are mostly conducted without a video so the victim can’t see the scammer. Also so that the scammers have various reasons that will excuse that. This goes on for a while and after a while the desire for a date will come up.
The question for money
The idea for a date sounds amazing as also the scammer mentions the desire to finally meet the love of his life. But however, there will be a problem and the only solution for it is money. The person is currently short of money and cannot afford a ticket. At this point many victims have concerns for sending money to an unknown person. Especially as it is an expensive plane ticket which costs a little fortune.
So there are still doubts and many victims don’t want to pay. But the scammers will play the joker card and react with emotional stress. Now they will accuse the victims of callousness and put themselves in the victim role. That entices the victim to transfer the money as they don’t want to lose their loved one. The amounts vary greatly just as like the arguments and scam methods. Some scammers ask for a few hundreds of Pounds and some demand up to a high five-figure amount.
The basis of the love scamming is that they will lie about everything by all means necessary. They are stuck somewhere, they have been cheated or even captured. Even the pretended profession of the scammers are a lie to create compassion by the victim. It is the soldier who is stationed abroad and has to leave at all costs as he is in big danger and in love, the businessman who has been deceived or the empathetic employee of an aid organisation. There are some similarities to marriage tricksters or grandchild tricksters. On the basis of net lies they create emotions and dependency which enable them to ask for whatever they crave for.
Nigeria – #1 for love-scamming
One country which is sadly leading the love scamming is the West African country Nigeria. Nigeria is also well known for another scam method which works through a wealthy person who needs help. But in this case he doesn’t need help by himself but by transferring money or moving to Europe. As he is a rich person in need he promises a big amount of money. In many cases they received the money a short time after thanks to an inheritance. In return for the help high rewards are promised, but one must first send money to help the person. Even though it sounds like an apparent scam as why would a rich person need money to transfer?
A lot of people fall for it. The scam from this single country has become so intense in the past that it got its own name. The Nigeria Connection is now a well-known catchword. The Nigeria Connection got famous for the rip-off with the Nigerian Prince who needs help and money. The scam is by far not limited to mass e-mails with very high profit promises as it all started. Note it is increasingly based on love and emotions.
A clear hint is that the scammer doesn’t want to show himself
The bad thing is that there is not a single real protection against this kind of rip off. The reason is that it could be possible that someone needs help but there is only one thing to do. You must always act with caution on the Internet. If you receive messages even though you are not logged in, or you are not active on dating platforms you have to be very careful. Other signs of love-scamming are messages from abroad as well, via an unsafe platform where the scammer does not have to show an image of himself. A clear hint is that the scammer doesn’t want to show a picture of himself and doesn’t want to have a video chat.
But the most important thing is that you should never transfer money to an unknown person under no circumstances. Think about what your best friend would say to you. Or just take some time and think about this in general. Would you transfer a lot of money to another person that you had been dating a few times or would they do the same. If there is a person asking for money you should hesitate and maybe ask for official help.
Tips to detect love scamming
There is no real protection of the love scam as it starts with a simple message at first contact. They don’t ask for money or help and just act like a nice person and this could happen to all of us. But there are some hints that can be noticed by the way the contact is made. There are some formulations where you can clearly say it is a rip off. For example, the profile pictures of the rip-off artists often come from the Internet and do not represent the real person. There is a simple check you can do by inserting the pictures into a search engine. Which is such a simple thing with copy and paste. If you should have problems with that procedure you can check out some explanation videos or articles in the internet or you ask one of your friends.
By inserting the image into a search engine, it will check where the picture originally comes from as there are copyrights for images. If it is a scam the picture shows another person with another name so you get your answer. That is the easiest way to find out that the pictures actually belong to someone else. There are female scammers that entice their victims into the rip off trap with erotic and lightly dressed images, male scammers usually use images of good looking, successful people and photos of men in uniforms or suits. Last but not least another clue is the distance and the country of origin of the scammers who claim to come from a far. Countries from West Africa, Russia or Southeast Asia are named most of the time.