Learn how these scams work so you can protect yourself. Run just like any "for profit" organization, there is a hierarchy and an organizational structure: the peons, the managers, the big bosses, the pimp daddies. There may be times when they have forgotten what you talked about before or call you a different name. This is why they are always on the computer and at times it seems you are talking to different people.Scammers send sweet words, poems, and love letters..stolen from sites on the internet.The people behind these scams are men, women, and teenagers of ALL ages.They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. Letter 1 Hello Windrift, I hope this mail finds you well and thank you for your message.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
The pictures are stolen from various sites and previous victims. Recently scammers have been using previous victims' photos from dating and social networking sites. All services, all hotel rooms, and all hospital services must be paid for in advance.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
Romance scammers are in this for one purpose only . Because of the easy money made from victims, scammers are well-to-do respected business men/women who quit their "normal" day jobs. They have a script to follow, just like telemarketers. When they are gone from the computers for any amount of time they are either looking up information in order to answer you or are consulting with a more experienced member of their "team".
Internet cafes are shut down to normal business so scammers can do "their jobs". Most households in West Africa and other third world countries cannot afford them nor can they afford the cost of a monthly connection. They take time to respond to you because they are talking to other people.