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Another interesting type of scams that we identified are what we call dates for profit.
In this scheme, attractive young ladies are hired by the owners of fancy restaurants.
The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.
The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!
The first one involves advertising of escort services or illicit goods, and is very similar to traditional spam.
The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.
They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.
• May 7, 2015 PM The annoyance of online dating anymore is that so *much* of it is a scam.
15 years ago, using one, I actually met someone I lived with for several years. you say how old you are, and what age range you're looking for (say, over 40), and the only responses are allegedly from women allegedly between 22 and 24.