By now, you all (should) know about 419 advance fee scammers from Nigeria.Despite regular claims of plans to crackdown on the scams, the Nigerian government had done very little.According to a recent FBI report, romance scams made up more than 10 percent of the 0 million in Internet crimes committed against Americans last year.Readers, as much as you might want to believe the impassioned appeals, guard your hearts and your bank accounts from these scammers. Protect yourselves by visiting gov/scams-and-frauds and learning how dozens of these scams work and where to report it if you have been victimized.Phone and online scams have more than proliferated this year; they appear to have metastasized.No less than five individuals I know have been approached by scammers trying to lure them into money-losing “propositions.” Two of them were told they were having problems with their tax returns.(Not true.) Two others got the “Grandma, please don’t tell my parents, but I’m in jail and need bail money” phone calls.One of the women is childless; the other told the caller, “That’s funny.
He made it sound urgent and gave me a name and address in Ghana where he could get the best-quality diamonds at the best price.
He mentioned he was originally from Germany and had an accent.
We chatted on Google Hangouts, and he sent me sweet e-mails every morning saying how much he loved meeting me and that it was “our time to have a second chance.” After three weeks of chatting but only a short, garbled phone conversation, he asked for a favor.
Asked repeatedly for a phone number to be able to talk and received all king of excuses as to why he didn’t have a phone number.
He is good at trying to blame the woman for doubting him.