Scams: Online Dating Nightmares

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(SAMPLE Scam)  $100 to the first 10 people to send in the First  Ten Verses of “Do the Hustle.”

by Stan the Scam and the Fair-ohs?

Binkie, Is there a Romance Hoax in your past, or a good looking one waiting for you around the corner?

There are a million stories in the dated city. Some are all lightness and air and others are like the Clint Eastwood movie:   The Good the Bad and the Ugly. The ugly: the romance scams which are rampant at on line dating sites. Dubbed “The Nigerian Hustle”, these scams have been the subject of an MSNBC special and  they’ve been on both Oprah and Dr. Phil.

Just look on line and see the huge number of Dating Alert Websites have cropped up to warn and alert on line daters of the hustles and scams that are so prevalent.

A warning sign for the public

Both Janice in CT and Anne in Houston wrote similar Match.com stories to say, “It all started with a wink.” Both women were flattered by ‘a wink’ from a great looking guy in San Francisco.    His profile picture resembled Burt Lancaster, on the beach in the movie, From Here to Eternity.  Without much though,t they both returned ‘the wink’ and within hours received a response from ‘Cheney’.    Both women said the first clue something was amiss was the salutation, “Hello, Dearie!” Anne said she had never met a man who called anyone “Dearie.”

The letter instantly fell apart: it was a train wreck of broken English and a request to contact him at a Yahoo.com address.

Fortunately, both women  knew immediately it was a scam. They had almost walked into an infamous Nigerian scam.    It starts with a wink – goes to a “contact me at another site” and “by the way, could you send me a few thousand dollars, dearie?”

Run, run, as fast as you can – get away from the Nigerian scam man.

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Psst: “Do the Hustle” doesn’t have 10 verses…

 

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness”.

James Thurber

 

See Forbes Magazine Re Nigeria Scams

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