The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin.The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.The scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails, and then send off thousands of fraudulent letters and emails awaiting the victim's replies.They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!Ms Smith said: 'Unfortunately she still felt an attachment to the defendant and stayed in contact for some time and sent him more money until a lady claiming to be the Danish wife of Olasemo contacted her.Olasemo, living in Cardiff on a student visa at the time of the frauds, was arrested January 2015 at his home and when police searched his computer found 'conversations with numerous other women as Travis'.
Ms Smith said: 'She began talking to him over the video service Yahoo Messenger but he informed her he couldn't send live video of himself due to security risks in Afghanistan - something she accepted.
The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!
The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.
Detective Sergeant Jamie Holcombe, from the South Wales Police Economic Crime Unit, said: 'This case is an example of how an individual can sit in front of a computer and destroy another person's life.
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