Romance dating scam
Unfortunately, that's a common scam that affects a lot of people, even people who are very smart, intelligent, and successful." Maya Diamond is a Dating and Relationship Coach in Berkeley, CA.
In the past decade, the internet has become more accessible all over Ghana to the point that more than half the country uses the internet on a daily basis.
“The Internet makes this type of crime easy because you can pretend to be anybody you want to be.
You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people,” she said.
“The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target.
A part of her still wants to believe that Charlie is real and that their relationship was real—that the e-mail exchanges about church and the phone calls when they sang together and prayed together meant as much to him as they did to her.But Charlie is still at large, presumably in Nigeria, and there may be little hope of bringing him to justice.“This is a very difficult crime to prove,” Beining said.The woman believed she would be paying to have the money—including the repayment of her million—transferred to the U. from South Africa, where Charlie was still supposedly working.In July 2016, the two Nigerian co-conspirators pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in the scam, and a federal judge sentenced them each to 36 months in prison last December.