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eileen81
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Joined: 02 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've heard of so many terrifying stories of people being contacted by hot chicks looking for a relationship and actually starting something only to get scammed.

However, my Hotmail and Yahoo accounts never seem to get stuff like that - the love/dating scam emails I get encourage me to visit a URL so I can 'get to know them better.'

I don't understand why some people get these direct emails, and others don't?
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Dorothy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

With the exception of the occasional senegal scammer (who will dangle the romance stick but turn it into a rather boring refugee scam) or bogus Russian bride, most romance scammers don't actually approach random targets through email. (The ones you are getting are really nothing more than attempts to get you pulled into a porn site.)

The true romance scammers typically approach targets on dating sites or social networking sites like facebook. The scammers then try to get the targets off the site, where their accounts may be deleted at any time, and on to email, which is when it turns into an email relationship.

Of course, some scammers do sell/share/reuse emails of people who either paid or showed signs of being a good potential maga, so someone who has had a "relationship" with a scammer before may get new unsolicited approaches by email.

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eileen81
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Ohh...I suppose that explains a lot. In the days when I would join dating websites for kicks and giggles I got more spam than usual....
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