Online dating scams 2016
Just as he was meant to be leaving, an enormous bunch of roses, with a hand-written card, arrived at Kabak's home."My world makes lots of sense to me only cause of you, am sorry I would be away but know am coming back and our future has already began," the note read.An email urged her to consider the relationship formal."I just want to look into those eyes and ask you where have you been all this years?
When Michael was asked about the address of a property he claimed to own in Auckland, he said he would tell Sally, who would pass the information on."That was a massive red flag, he didn't even know the address of his own place."The family member of Kabak said she was simply wanting to find love."She's quite lonely, having lost her husband, and she's pretty desperate to find a mate, and I think that clouded her judgement."ANOTHER KIWI WOMAN MAY HAVE BEEN FOOLED BY THE SAME PHOTOSPhotos Kabak showed, supposedly of Michael, quickly led to a business owner in Canada.There is often more than one person perpetuating the scam - there have been reports of a room full of people working from the same script.Often they portray their fictional selves as living overseas or on active duty in the military.It is believed most of the scams originate in Nigeria and South Africa.Net Safe's Chris Hails said that international research suggested the real extent of the problem could be much higher, with many victims unwilling to admit what had happened."Romance scams are particularly nasty, because of the emotional impact on people."'HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS TRIED TO WARN HER'While some of Kabak's friends and family were pleased that she appeared to have found love, others were concerned that it was a scam.Lonely hearts still waiting for their soulmate are easy prey for online dating scams.
Many people search for love through online dating sites, dating apps, or social media.
Michael's story was that he was a Frenchman, who lived in Auckland (he had an Auckland phone number) who had to travel to South Africa for work.
He never consented to a video chat or meeting, but sent photos of a clean-cut, middle-aged man, in one pictured on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, in another paddling a canoe.
In one of the photos, the man posed in front of a red SUV, with the name of a company, Quills Tees, just visible on the window.
A quick internet search of the company showed that Melvin Staaf, the president of Quills Tees, which is based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, was the same man as in the photos.
" He wrote on June 1, after asking Kabak if she would "make this official, lets (sic) go out".