Online Romance Scam – Hello My name is Fatima, i saw your profile today and became intrested in you,i will also like to know you more,and if you can send an email to my email address,i will give you my pictures here is my email address ( *******************@yahoo.com ) I believe we can move from here! Awaiting for your mail to my email address above. Fatima.
You are probably thinking, what the heck is that?!?!? Well, I was thinking exactly the same thing when I received the above private message from SEOmoz.org. At first I was thinking, “Is this person interested in talking about SEO or business or something?”, but when I re-read it, I pretty much knew the intent was completely different. For some reason, I also knew instantly that it was a scam, hence I searched “I saw your profile and became interested in you” and a whole host of website turns up.
After a few minutes of research, I found out that it was something called a “Romance” based scam. So its basically a method for scammers to fish your information, and ultimately rob you of your whole life’s savings. I guess this stems from the fact that in this technological day and age, most men and women are searching for dates online. Having a supposedly interested person contact you is like a god send and hence stirs a man’s egotiscal side as well as a women’s emotional side.
I guess this post is basically me trying to help decrease the chance of someone falling for this trap. If something is too good to be true, do a search on Google and you will find all the information you would need.