“The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target.
Then they use what the victims have on their profile pages and try to work those relationships and see which ones develop.” The subsequent investigation led by Beining resulted in the arrest of two Nigerians posing as South African diplomats who had come to the U. to collect money from the woman on behalf of Charlie, who claimed he was paid million for a construction project he completed in South Africa.
I responded with what I look for and my activities.She even holds out hope that one day Charlie will repay her, as he promised to do so many times. There can’t be a man in this world that could be this horrible to have purposefully done what he’s done to me.” The criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do.Otherwise, there is no doubt that he is a heartless criminal who robbed her and broke her heart—and who is almost certainly continuing to victimize other women in the same way.“I can’t even imagine a man, a person, that could be this bad,” she said. They spend hours honing their skills and sometimes keep journals on their victims to better understand how to manipulate and exploit them.“Behind the veil of romance, it’s a criminal enterprise like any other,” said Special Agent Christine Beining.She was pulling the right emotional strings, or trying to. She continued with her poetry and continued divulging more about herself, including her struggles with her credit card balance.I told her about my relationship ups and downs, and she responded with her first endearment, calling me "sweetie," and her first poetry. She asked if I was a "supportive man," and she said she sometimes wished that someone would just come along and rescue her. I decided to play this out to see where it would go. I also discovered that some of the language she used in her endearments is listed as a warning on the website Pig Busters ( which outs online scammers.