In addition, Turkish authorities were able to arrest an associate of the Nigerian scammer at the bank in question.
The Skype and email accounts used by “David Holmes” were traced back to a location in Nigeria.
By the time that someone in her life contacted the authorities, the woman had wired an additional 0,000 as a second loan to help the fake oil rig business.
Fortunately, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office was able to move quickly and freeze the 0,000 transaction with the help of Turkish banking officials.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.
“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place.
Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.