More precisely, my sexy new girlfriend is statistically likely to be from West Africa or Eastern Europe, and male, pretending to be an American woman, using stolen photos of famous Mexican sports reporter Jimena Sanchez.

This is of course just one of many equally simple (and usually appallingly executed) scams.

I just found out that Lawrence Billings (or is he using the name Ray Thompson for this one?

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Another variation is that the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.

The young woman will contact a victim and tell them of their plight of not being able to remove the gold from their country due to being unable to pay the duty or marriage taxes.

I have chatted with several people attempting the Fake Escort, the Fake Gold Merchant and the infamous Nigerian 419 (the old email scam where somebody has millions of dollars, and for some unexplained reason only you can help retrieve it – for a small administrative fee). It’s quite easy to avoid falling victim to these and other online scams, and perpetrators of more sophisticated cyber crime.

Create a separate email account specifically for your networking/dating account(s). Keep your updates updated, never open email attachments from unknown origin, and, most importantly…

The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.

Narratives used to extract money from the victims of romantic scams include the following: Some romance scammers seek out a niche of various fetishes where they will find an obscure fetish and they will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out a sexual fantasy of theirs by having the scammer come to them to have sex.

As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.

Unlike a gold digger, who marries for money, a pro-dater is not necessarily single or available in real life.

In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.