Online dating scams from africa
She said she met a man on the dating site match.com, who claimed he was originally from the UK, now working in the US.
He identified himself as Art Donegal Ballinamore, and the pair communicated via e-mail. He claimed he was a civil engineer and told her he would be travelling to South Africa for work. On July 28, 2012, Ballinamore sent her an e-mail to say: “I feel quite bad right now.
Blessing forgot the bag where we had our phones in, my wristwatch, my i Pad and her laptop, and her game at the airport that she needs to keep herself busy while I am working (sic).” He provided her with a South African cellphone number and later asked her to send him a Blackberry 9930 via Fed Ex to an address in West Beach. Three days after she sent him the cellphone, he sent her a message to say he had a problem with “revenue officers” and wasn’t able to access his UK bank account.
He asked her to send 000 (R511 000) to an Absa bank account in the name of Okil Management, and promised to repay her within 14 days.
If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.
While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they originate in other nations as well.
An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.
The private investigator’s efforts revealed that Art Ballinamore did not exist.The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.The number "419" refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud, the charges and penalties for offenders.For example, in 2006, 61% of Internet criminals were traced to locations in the United States, while 16% were traced to the United Kingdom and 6% to locations in Nigeria.One reason Nigeria may have been singled out is the apparently comical, almost ludicrous nature of the promise of West African riches from a Nigerian prince.