Conversation however, soon turned to requests for money.
He was touched by the women’s stories of poverty and struggle, and donated money to a number of his new-found friends.
When she decided to try online dating again, a month after she and Dan separated, Leonor was determined to make a wiser choice.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
That dynamic was just beginning to change in 2001, when Leonor became one of the first Filipina women to meet a Western partner online.
For the next 15 years, Dan provided her with a more comfortable life than she could have expected, but one where her own needs always took second place.
Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.