Here is a video of the EFCC ( Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) busting an internet cafe where this kind of fraud is taking place. Please watch it.
You can see checking all the computers and showing an email extractor program which is pulling emails off the internet and then sending their fake emails to all these people. The EFCC catches these fraudsters.
This is a good video, watch it!
Please read this amazing article from techcrunch. You can read about the low life scammers bragging and reveal their world, their methods and the infuriating way they lure the lovelorn and people looking for love online. Here are a few excerpts from the article which is titled “The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment“. In this story the author is focusing on how clever these scammers and crooks have to be. Of course those who are falling victim to this know, it is much deeper them that. Who could admire their “cleverness” in being low life criminals and ripping innocent people off?
They are breaking hearts, preying on the internet ignorant, sucking in the elderly, and truly ruining peoples life and seriously hurting people. I cannot image anything worse then feeling like a total fool for trusting someone with your heart and then to make it worse losing thousands of dollars in the process. This is why this scam is very unreported. People are mortified and embarassed. The only way to fight back to to tell everyone you know and get the word out to everyone.
Please share this scam with people you know and warn them. I get email everyday by people who have lost money and hope because of these scammers.
An excerpt from the article:
“Don’t let the clunky syntax on these emails fool you. The Yahoo boys I met are masters of human manipulation. The latest scam revolves around online dating. Yahoo boys find a lonely man– sometimes a single man who wants a mail-order bride; sometimes a married one with kids who wants an escape on the side. They key with 419 scams is always finding someone who wants a easy shortcut in money or love. An elaborate relationship over IM begins. One boy I met excelled at these. He says he just closes his eyes and pretends it’s a woman on the other end he’s seducing. He uses carefully constructed porn clips for video chats; other scammers hire actresses to portray the fictional girls.
This Yahoo boy carries on five to seven relationships at once, playing the dutiful girlfriend to each– down to helping them pick out their clothes for work everyday. When one suitor lost a job, he used the Web to help find him an interview and pumped up his confidence to apply. He gave him several months to get back on his feet before asking for more cash. One time, he even sent the mark cash, to show how much he — or “she”– cared. “I take care of them,” he says. “They are the people who feed me.”
He helps build them up; he listens to their problems. He makes them feel loved. He calls each an innocuous pet name, lest he accidentally type the wrong message into the wrong chat window. He asks for a little bit of money here and there, until men are sending him steady amounts from each paycheck. He says it takes exactly one month for a man to fall in love with him, and once he has a man’s heart, no woman can take it.”
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The more we share the better for the next person who may not fall for it.