The pair both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and are due to be sentenced in January.But police are still hunting other members of the gang and are seeking to identify any other victims.Just about everybody likes scams--that is, when they happen to others and the perpetrator gets caught, or at least doesn't get away with it. With the popularization of the Internet has come the proliferation of Internet scams. In between relationships, I noticed as one of my "matches" on the online dating site POF (Plenty of Fish) a compatible-looking woman in a location near me.POF (com) is the country's largest free dating site, competing through online ads with better known pay sites such as and e Harmony.Also, he said his father and sister had both died of cancer.A few weeks after connecting, the fraudster told the woman that he loved her and wanted to be with her but that he was struggling to complete a project in Benin, Africa.When police eventually tracked down the gang they found they had been using a book entitled The Game: Penetrating the Society of Pick Up Artists, as a seduction manual.The book, by author Neil Strauss, offers tips and advice on how to pick up women and includes chapters entitled; Select A Target; Disarm The Obstacles; Create An Emotional Connection and Blast Last Minute Resistance.
A woman posted to a local buy-sell group with a Thermomix for 350€. I check the woman’s profile out and she looks legit: she has a long-standing profile, some public photos and is a part of some other groups in the local area. Her message says to contact an email address, which is doubly odd because the email address doesn’t match her name, but whatever.The lying lover therefore asked that she send some money as a loan for some specialist equipment he could use: The woman ultimately gave Anderson a £30,000 loan. She also paid her supposed suitor a series of other payments, including a £25,000 police fine and several thousands of pounds to free up Anderson's mother's inheritance money.Later on, the victim covered a non-existent £170,000 "anti-terrorist certificate" so that the inheritance money, for which she had a met the scammer's "lawyer" in Amsterdam, could be deposited in the bank.He then told her he needed thousands of pounds to help free up some inheritance he had coming and said he would use the legacy to help set up their life together.In one email he told her: “I know our relationship is still young, but I am really trying to hang on here and after the contract we have all the time in the universe together.” Whenever she began to feel doubt about the relationship, the gang cleverly managed to regain her trust.This woman’s profile was literate and offbeat, which I liked. Kathy stressed the importance to her of getting to know another person before meeting in person, and I agreed.I sent a friendly message through POF, and "Kathy" gave me her Yahoo email address. I asked her the meaning behind "independentpink," the online name she chose for herself.I responded with what I look for and my activities.When I asked how she liked living in her town, she said she was currently on a business trip in Benin, West Africa.Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. She can’t use it because she’s away, and she’d prefer the cash. I mention that I’d rather not send money before I see the item and that if I can send a payment online I can do that while her brother-in-law is here watching me.But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system... You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… She has left the Thermomix with her brother-in-law who can bring it around whenever I’m free. That or pay him in cash and he can wire it to the seller. But no, she tells me Western Union has this password protection set up.