In all, she sent about ,000, and almost immediately after she sent the last wire, he stopped emailing her.
“My heart just sank and I thought, this doesn't seem right,” she said. Grey says he has personally spoken to women who've given more than ,000 to someone that they've never met in person. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.
“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.
The faster the scammer is off the dating site, the lower the chances of being caught using a fake profile, according to Schuster.
Schuster turned her anger into action, and by sharing her story, she says she helped a woman in New Zealand and a fellow American in Boston discover that they were being duped.
Sometimes they will spin a yarn about sending money to their victim’s current account and ask him or her to forward some of the money on.Lilo Schuster was in her mid-40s, single, and looking for love.After years of bad luck with dating, she, like millions of people across the globe, started using online dating sites to meet new people. Air Force pilot deployed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.After a few weeks, the man told her he needed some money to help his daughter go on a school trip. She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen.
She loaned him about ,000 by wiring the money to Britain, where he said his mother lived with his daughter. Schuster had her doubts, but said she was so scared that she might lose him that she was willing to keep wiring the money through Western Union.
They may be able to trace the emailer's IP address to stop the person from playing on women's emotions to steal their savings.