While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.Instead he met twelve men armed with machetes who held him captive, demanding ransom.
Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.
They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.
Whatever creative, captivating and greed inducing story you read know this: it's a scam.
However much you send, you will never see the money again.
"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says.
"I thought, ' I can't sit by any longer.'" Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times.
You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.
It's a scam, don't send a cent, cease contact and report the scammer.
It could be a scammer, often a man, using photos downloaded from the internet in the hope of sucking in as many victims as possible.
But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore.