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.
Always use reputable websites, but assume that con artists are trolling even the most reputable dating and social media sites.
A scammer may contact you out of the blue to tell you that you can claim a large inheritance from a distant relative or wealthy benefactor.
“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.
You will be told that your supposed inheritance is difficult to access due to government regulations, taxes or bank restrictions in the country where the money is held, and that you will need to pay money and provide personal details to claim it. Scammers will go to great lengths to convince you that a fortune awaits if you follow their instructions.
They may even send you a large number of seemingly legitimate legal documents to sign, such as power of attorney documents.
“The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target.
Then they use what the victims have on their profile pages and try to work those relationships and see which ones develop.” The subsequent investigation led by Beining resulted in the arrest of two Nigerians posing as South African diplomats who had come to the U. to collect money from the woman on behalf of Charlie, who claimed he was paid million for a construction project he completed in South Africa.
“When someone is using a computer to hide behind, the hardest thing to find out is who they are.