Inevitably, after a sequence of loving email exchanges, the fraudster’s ‘son’ has to go into hospital for which he needs £300.
Demonstrations of material wealth act like a magnet to internet dating scammers, especially from abroad. The police often say about internet fraud that if something appears too good to be true, it usually is. Men aren’t always adept at telling when something is too good to be true.
The consequences can be dire: requests for money (such as happened in the Tonight investigation) are at one end of the spectrum.
The woman later travelled to the UK and when she was contacted again by Olasemo's wife, she reported him to the British police.
Olasemo was arrested at his home in Cardiff and police recovered false US Army ID cards, Nigerian passports and driving licences and £1,100 in cash.
When the Danish authorities contacted the woman and told her they believed she had been conned, she contacted Olasemo and he told her that he owed "militants" in Nigeria money and they had threatened to kidnap him.
"Unfortunately, she believed the defendant and remained in contact with him for some time until a lady claiming to be the wife of the defendant contacted her after the defendant had sent her a Valentine's Day present in February 2014," Miss Smith said.
They’re generally very proud of their (especially material) achievements and will tend to advertise those in their online profiles.
These profiles are public property and visible from any browser in the world.
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.
Yes, it’s cheap but there are good reasons for that, the principal one being that safety and security are not the site owner’s concern.