The young woman will contact a victim and tell them of their plight of not being able to remove the gold from their country due to being unable to pay the duty or marriage taxes.

The woman will be unable to inherit the fortune until she gets married.

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.

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Narratives used to extract money from the victims of romantic scams include the following: Some romance scammers seek out a niche of various fetishes where they will find an obscure fetish and they will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket that they will get to live out a sexual fantasy of theirs by having the scammer come to them to have sex.

The scammers also like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.

The scheme usually involves accomplices, such as an interpreter and a taxi driver, all of which must be paid by the victim at an inflated price.

Everything is pre-arranged so that the wealthy foreigner pays top dollar for accommodation, is taken not to an ordinary public café but to the most costly restaurant (usually some out-of-the-way place priced far above what locals would ever be willing to pay), and is manipulated into making various expensive purchases, including gifts such as electronics and fur coats. The mark leaves just as alone but poorer at the end of the trip.

Originally from Reading, she has studied Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University and has a passion for writing and reporting.

She enjoys travelling and likes to spend her free time socialising with friends and attending music events.

They also said that undertaking online research about scams to educate yourself and sharing knowledge through social media can also help people learn more about scams and how to identify them.

Speaking about the study, Telenor Group said: “The multi-market survey assessed the impact of scams on 400 internet users aged 18 — 65 in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India and was conducted to provide a better understanding of the common online scam methods.

Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.

This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.

Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.