Other pretexts used have included requests to transport items across international borders.Once money has been transferred overseas the chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.The name refers to the scammers “phishing” (fishing) for victims by sending official-looking emails.When a recipient clicks on a link in the email or replies, they can unwittingly provide the scammers with access to the user’s personal information.Via the internet the offender will attempt to form an emotional bond with you.
Internet dating scams typically result from connections made through internet dating websites or chat rooms.
Scammers like Andreas persist because every now and again someone takes the bait.
How they work: Scammers use online dating sites to form relationships with people who are looking for love.
The scammer claims to be the representative of an estate or finance company – such as the “Chief Auditor of Lloyds Financial Services” – who is trying to track down the beneficiary of a will.
Since the letter’s recipients share the same last name as the deceased, they’re given the opportunity to claim part of the will in exchange for “legal fees”.