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Tracking Nigerian fraudsters behind an online date scam

BBC 5 live Investigates reporter Mike Wendling tracks down a Nigerian fraudster who has been conning British women via online dating sites, where he is posing as an American soldier.

The con artist, named Ethan, had been talking to a woman online named Sally and claimed he was serving in Afghanistan with the US Army. He explains how he needs Sally to send more money to pay for his military leave – which he claims is a ‘refundable fee’.

When asked why he is conning women out of money, he replies ‘because they’re very, very stupid’.
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The fraudsters go to elaborate lengths to lure their victims, sending them presents and copies of fake documents supposedly proving they are real American soldiers. Once they have won a woman’s affection, they turn the tables and claim to be suffering an emergency and need money quickly.

The National Fraud Authority and the United States Embassy in London both say they have seen a rise in this type of scam.


September 30, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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