"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.The authors and Income Nigeria will not be held responsible in the event any criminal charges be brought against any individuals misusing the information in this website to break the law. Yahoo boys are named so after one of the hugest Internet companies on the planet – Yahoo!, because many scammers often use its free e-mail accounts to commit their crimes. Instead of getting a legal job, many young people in Nigeria dream of becoming a yahoo boy.
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
Therefore, Internet fraud has rapidly allowed many young Nigerians buying expensive cars, houses, jewelry, etc.
Now it has become the only means of livelihood for thousands of youth.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.