According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this particular type of scammer typically tries to lure potential victims away from a dating website and communicate privately by e-mail or instant messages.
He's hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance.
If you are over 40, recently divorced, a widow, elderly or disabled then all the better in his eyes.
(Not true.) Two others got the “Grandma, please don’t tell my parents, but I’m in jail and need bail money” phone calls.
One of the women is childless; the other told the caller, “That’s funny.
He told me that his e-mail had been hacked, and then someone tried to have a conversation from his e-mail asking me personal questions about my retirement funds.