Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Nigerian Dating Scam

There are several safe assumptions about people on the Internet that should always be made.

1. Anyone asking for money for personal use is a fraud.

2. The most flirtatious women are married, ugly or perverted men getting their rocks off.

3. Don't trust anything from Nigeria.

4. That goes double for anything combining 1 & 2 from Nigeria:

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- A West Allis man lost thousands of dollars before WISN 12 News was able to uncover the truth behind a dating trap that originated halfway around the world.


"When I found her, she was actually the one that I never thought in my life would ever e-mail me back, and she was the first," Bell said.

Her name is Oladele, a former New Yorker who lived in Nigeria. She sent these pictures to Bell along with several months' worth of romantic e-mails.

That was when Bell started sending something to her.

"$162, $318, $954. What was that for?" WISN 12 News investigative reporter Wainscott asked.

"At first, she said she only needed $700, I figured OK I'll send you the plane ticket," Bell said. "And then, she e-mailed me back, and the airport told her that she needed the basic traveling allowance, the BTA, which was $450."

She kept asking for cash, and he kept sending it, on the promise that Oladele was coming to Milwaukee to be with him. She would even call him and leave phone messages.

Soon, Bell had sent more than $3,000 to the woman he never met, and there was still no sign of her.

"She was supposed to be here now, four days ago now, and still has never shown up. So she got away with getting about $3,000 from me," Bell said.

How desperately lonely or stupid does a man have to be to do this?

Didn't he stop to think the first time she asked for money? Didn't he also think if this woman existed, she might have been trying to marry him to get into the country?

Proof positive there's a sucker born every minute.

Hat-tip to Neale News .

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