Another variation of the romance scam is when the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.
A young woman will contact a victim and tell them of their plight: not being able to remove the gold from their country due to being unable to pay the duty or marriage taxes.
Upon finding a target, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, such as providing an e-mail address or phone number, to continue the deception.
The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim.
The woman will be unable to inherit the fortune until she gets married, the marriage being a prerequisite of the father, uncle or grandfather's will.
The scammer convinces their victim that they are sincere until they are able to build up enough rapport to ask for thousands of dollars to help bring the gold into the victim's country.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation displaying profiles which have been fabricated using personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social media accounts, classified sites and even online forums to search for new victims.
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The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.
Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.