People can easily do a reverse look-up on a phone number and see where you live.Whether their purpose is dangerous or just desperate, you want to steer clear of both of these.Richie said he was from Milford, Mass., but that he was out of the country on a big construction job.He was helping build a stadium in Nigeria, he said. I had no qualms whatsoever cashing (the money orders)," Smalley said.Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.
Then, Richie was ready to leave the country, but needed money to deal with a visa problem. I had to pay them ,700, which was everything I had," she said. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever known that this is all a part of an elaborate online scam. agencies have issued warnings on the scams, also known as "419" or "advance-fee" frauds.
As soon as he returned, he promised, he'd come visit Smalley in Ohio. The spirited e-mail romance hummed along for another two months before there was a problem. Even after the bank told her the money orders had been altered — they were purchased for , but then "washed" and doctored to read 0 — she still held out hope.
Richie said his boss paid him in postal money orders, and he was having trouble cashing them. Could she cash the money order for him, then wire the money to him in Nigeria? But a friend pointed her to an Internet site devoted to Nigerian scams, and suddenly, Smalley's world crashed down around her.
Richie's picture showed a jolly, bearded man curled up on a couch with a cat rubbing his face.
"Loving, caring and hardworking," the online dating profile said.