Woman Scammed From Fake Match.com Profile
When a woman on Match.com saw a picture of a nice looking gentleman, she was instantly attracted to him. He was from the “United States” and seemed to have a good personality. She emailed him and chatted with him daily online. They started to bond… or so she thought. Through weeks of communications with him there were no red flags. Then, as part of his business, he had to take a trip to Nigeria. And that’s when an emergency happened and he needed money. But in an elaborate twist, he sent her money orders he was “having trouble cashing” in Nigeria and asked her to deposit them in her account then wire him the money. It took days for the bank to figure out they were fake and by then, the money had already been sent.
Below is the Fox News story on this online dating scam.
It’s important to note that online dating services don’t know what profiles are real and which ones are fake. But when the big reputable services like Match.com, eHarmony.com, etc. discover a bad profile, they take action to remove it. If you know a profile is fake, report it to them.
Online Dating Safety Tip: Scammers rarely say they are from Nigeria. They start off making you believe they are from another country (even your country). But eventually they make up a story about having to travel to Nigeria to take the scam to the next level.