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The man Rhonda Meade fell in love with promised to elope with her to a tropical island paradise where they could be married along white beaches as the setting sun shimmered across vast, crystal-clear waters.But, the only thing that ran away from the 36-year-old single mother’s life of hardship would eventually be all her savings and the security she had entrusted with “Walter.”Meade, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, was one of millions of people who flock to the Internet each year in search of romance and a long term relationship.
“He was extremely intelligent and came across as very romantic and genuinely interested in me,” Meade said.“I thought he was too good to be true.”Chatting nightly over Yahoo!Messenger from October 2006 through February 2007, Walter, a self-described white collar engineer and college sports enthusiast, ended up taking the spellbound Meade for the ride of her life.“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.“But, then, he told me he had lost his job, was laid off, and that he was in need.So, I did what I would have done for any man I was invested in like that.According to a 2007 Synovate survey, 15 percent of Internet users use online personal sites and other Internet mediums to meet people for romantic pursuits.
But, while the person on the other end of your IM window might seem legitimate, how can you tell?
One of the longest running scams by mail and the Internet, the Nigerian or 419 scam, alleges a wealthy business owner or government official needs help transferring millions of dollars out of his country in exchange for a percentage of the funds for your help.
I gave him the money.”After transferring $7,000 to Walter’s bank account from her own savings account, Meade says her chats with the man became less frequent, and finally, stopped altogether.
“I was taken for a fool,” Meade said, “and I was heartbroken.”The Nigerian Scam Moves to IMBut, while Walter had fallen on hard times, a Nigerian man thousands of miles away was making a killing as part of an operation of scammers who target men and women into romantic relationships only to leave them high and dry.
“You never think you can become a victim until it happens to you,” Meade said.
“But, with as many people as there are online, the Internet is ripe with people these scam men can sucker into their scheme.”Each year, thousands of men and women use the Internet to meet potential dates and perhaps, potential spouses.