Nigerian dating line
Jan Marshall works as a change manager for large corporations, she had a successful career and hoped to find love.Soon after leaving Brisbane for Melbourne in August 2012, she signed onto an online dating site, where unbeknownst to her she was singled out by a Nigerian syndicate'Then, when he was apparently on his way to the airport (to come to Australia) he had a car crash and was in hospital, they had other people like nurses and doctors contact you, a document showing the expenses and others playing other roles,' she said.'I would pay over 0,000 to them, that included savings, additional credit and ultimately I took money out of a self-managed super fund, which I wasn't supposed to do and which now has me in strife with the the tax office.'I am a professional person, in a well paid job, and my friends say that if they lined up 10 people in a line to see who would be caught out that I wouldn’t have been the last one to have been duped by a scam like this.' Delia Rickard, deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said: 'Scammers are stealing not only your money but also your data, which they then use to commit identity theft or to sell to other scammers.'It left me in a lot of strife, I gave him money from my pay, I had to borrow money to get through that first month, I closed down a lot of discretionary spending and I am still in strife in credit card and tax office debt,' she warned.They also found several false Nigerian passports and driving licences.In July last year Judge Eleri Rees QC told him he had created a “tissue of lies”.Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.Nigerian scam comes in many forms: 419 scam, when they offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account, or lottery scam, when they tell you that you've won something in some bogus lottery.However, Nigerian dating scam (or romance scam), besides just asking for money for their studies, sick relatives, etc..
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
While online dating sites work hard to eliminate scammers from their sites, unfortunately some continue to be very deceptive and get past the fraud checks so it is important to be aware of what a potential scammer might attempt to do.