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She ended up giving away £4,000 before she discovered she was the victim of an elaborate scam based in Nigeria.Even to this day, Sheila has no idea who she was actually talking to or where her money went.
(Sunday Alamba / AP) FESTAC, Nigeria — As patient as fishermen, the young men toil day and night, trawling for replies to the e-mails they shoot to strangers half a world away. But the few who actually reply make this a tempting and lucrative business for the boys of Festac, a neighborhood of Lagos at the center of the cyber-scam universe.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
In reality, the scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.
People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.
She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.