Online Dating Scam Nets 9,000 Pounds From One UK Woman

The video below is from BBC Watchdog. The quality of the video and audio isn’t that great, but the story is an important one to listen to. The video features the story of Melanie and how she fell for an online dating scam (also known as online romance scams). Melanie met who she thought was a guy from the United States. He was planning on moving to the UK where Melanie was living. After communicating via an online dating service, email, and phone, Melanie started to fall in love with the guy. He told her was taking a trip to Nigeria to visit his son in boarding school there. That’s when the real scam began and a short time later, Melanie would be out 9,000 pounds. What’s worse is that when she contacted who she thought were authorities, she found out they were scam artists too.

It’s an enlightening video and also shows the length scam artists will go through (i.e. phone conversations) to get your money…