According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), "An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return." There are many variations of this type of scam, including the 419 scam (also known as the Nigerian Prince scam), the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.
The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.
Typical sob stories told by Ukrainian brides as a way to scam men out of their money.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are Ukrainian brides who genuinely want to find a nice guy and get married. It sucked for the American guy, but making those kind of huge financial purchases right off the bat are a surefire way to get yourself screwed. Yeah, the same guy was the “victim” of yet another Ukrainian brides scam less than six months after the first one.
She calls him and tells him that she’s held up at customs, she can’t get through. He tries to solve the problem, and ends up just upsetting her. He has not heard from her since, and I’m sure he never will.
I believe he also had plans to meet one other girl, so he wasn’t putting all his eggs in one basket.Sure, jobs might impact this, but if you’re at a point in life where you’ve got the money to blow, surely you can afford to take a week or two off work.You’re likely to have a better experience rather than endlessly hunting and getting scammed by Ukrainian brides.And again, he had to take a taxi way out to her town or village outside of Odessa.She made no efforts to see him again, repeatedly blowing him off because she was “busy” with a number of excuses. He was obviously quite upset with these developments.In that con, businessmen were contacted by an individual allegedly trying to smuggle someone that is connected to a wealthy family out of a prison in Spain.