The police arrested two Nigerian men and two local women in Cape Town last night after they organised a sting operation .
Western Cape Hawks spokesperson, Robert Netshiunda, says police started the investigation after receiving complaints from victims of an online dating scam last year.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.
They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.
Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.
On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.
All he needs is a little money to get him through a tricky situation…
Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.