In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.One variant of the scam may date back to the 18th or 19th centuries, as a very similar letter, entitled "The Letter from Jerusalem", is seen in the memoirs of Eugène François Vidocq, a former French criminal and private investigator. One of these, sent via postal mail, was addressed to a woman's husband, and inquired about his health.Did your best friend meet someone online that smells a bit (cat)fishy to you?Everyone wants closure, but not everyone gets it - especially those who have been conned. - a national information-sharing system available through a secure Internet site for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
Some scam messages ask for business, others invite victims to a website with a detailed pitch.On any given day, a handful of those pleas still file into your email’s spam folder.And if you replace “collect an inheritance” with “find true love,” they’re an increasing menace for dating apps and services. But they are an increasingly important front for criminals, who in turn use increasingly sophisticated methods to snare their marks, and take them for whatever they can.Another variant of the scam, dating back to circa 1830, appears very similar to what is passed via email today: "Sir, you will doubtlessly be astonished to be receiving a letter from a person unknown to you, who is about to ask a favour from you...", and goes on to talk of a casket containing 16,000 francs in gold and the diamonds of a late marchioness. It then asked what to do with profits from a .6 million investment, and ended with a telephone number.With more than 40 million men and women online looking for love, there are bound to be some scam artists out there.The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.