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Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
Online romance scams reach a peak during the holiday season to pray on loneliness. An Oklahoma-based social media influencer had his identity stolen by Nigerian romance scammers during the COVID pandemic and they used it to trick victims seeking love out of their money.
Due to loneliness and isolation, a record Out of social media influencers surveyed, have had their identities stolen during the pandemic. Cannot Meet Because of COVID: The hallmark of a catfish scammer is to come up with excuses why they cannot meet, such as pretending to be in the military overseas.
The pandemic gives them a built-in excuse not to meet. Need Money for a COVID Emergency: Once they form an emotional connection with lonely victims, they ask for money saying they are sick and need help with treatment, or are low on food, water, and other supplies. These are lies, as people who have never met do not ask you for money for an emergency, they would rely on family and friends.
Beware of someone who says overly sweet things that are too good to be true. Moving too Fast: Scammers are using the extra time at home to chat more often so they can build trust and drain your bank faster.
Beware if your relationship begins to move too fast. These are red flags.
The real reason they do not want to video chat with you is that they are pretending to be the person you see in the pictures and are not actually that person. Do not Give Personal Information: Scammers can use basic information to commit identity fraud, get access to your banks and steal your money.
Take Things Slow: If you like someone online, do not let them rush you. Nigerian romance scammers will be pushy about falling in love right away. If that is the case, know something is not right.
How this scam works
Meet or Video Chat: Do not form a relationship with someone who will not video chat with you or meet you in person. Compare Against the Published Nigerian Scam Playbook: Compare what they are saying to the playbook to see if it matches at all.
If what the person sent you matches word-for-word to the text in the playbook or is similar to it, then that is a major red flag.