Love and marriage
You think you’ve found your true love but there are some nagging doubts left in your mind? Fritsch Private Investigators will screen prospective partners before they have a chance to play with your feelings and cause you emotional pain, sorrow or other problems.
Marriage proposals may be punishable as fraud if a party acquires gifts or loans from a victim under the false pretence of intending to marry them.
The reasons for such swindles are wide and varied. A culprit may register on an internet dating site under a false name because they are interested in “quick sex”. The swindler purports to be single and pretends to be madly in love with the victim. In many cases, a swindler’s true intent is to financially exploit the victim.
A professional swindler will never immediately and directly ask for money. They will skilfully use the right words to try and get the victim to “volunteer” their financial help. To achieve this aim, the swindler may hint at a temporary financial bottleneck or a lucrative business opportunity for which they need some funds for the short term.
Once the victim has been exploited the swindler will disappear and never be seen again.
In many cases, the victim’s financial loss is less damaging than the emotional hurt they suffer.
There are no typical culprits or victims. It could be a well-to-do widow falling for a courter or an elderly gentleman succumbing to the graces of a young woman from Eastern Europe. In either case, the swindler will make the victim see the world through “rose-coloured glasses” and brazenly betray their trust. Anyone who feels lonely is vulnerable to love.
Internet Love Scam – mugu – Nigeria Connection
This particular scam involves fictitious love stories using e-mails and chat forums to get the victims to advance funds to the swindlers. It works like this: A victim enters a dating site and may soon believe to have found a new love. The “new love” then lets the victim know that they need money for using an internet café as otherwise they could not stay in touch. As the remote relationship progresses, the swindler may propose a personal meeting with the victim but needs money for the trip, such as an advance for a plane ticket, visa fees, a BTA (Basic Travel Allowance) etc. Another variant of the scam is the pretence of a hospital stay for which the victim will transfer money to the swindler, believing that they are helping “their love”.
Should you suspect that you have become the victim of a proposal for marriage under false pretences, then contact Fritsch Private Investigators without delay before the swindler breaks your heart and leaves with your money.