The scammer will tell you an elaborate fake story about large amounts of money 'trapped' in central banks during civil wars or coups, often in countries currently in the news.
Or they may tell you about a large inheritance that is 'difficult to access' because of government restrictions or taxes in their country.
The problem seems to be the indonesian gov't has a (tax) lien on the gems (worth 2.35 million). she is asking for money to complete that and then come to me and be my (wife).
Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.
It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.
You or someone you know may be dating this person online right now. No matter how good they sound, things aren't what they appear to be.
In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he's used many times before.
He responded that he would rather forget about the phone than to lose me. His commander contacted me and said he still needs ,000 before he can be released. He has been through so much on these deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.