There is no dearth of scammers out there. Scammers come in all hues and they use ingenious ways that can at times be hard to prejudge. Unfortunately, some people will get scammed before most scams are unearthed, deciphered and the public are made aware of it so they can proactively avert falling prey to the nefarious attempts.
There is one travel scam scenario that has targeted victims all over the world in the last few years. The travel scam scenario can pan out in many ways. The scammers may express personal interest in the victim, showering words of love and partially or completely convincing the victim that they are meant to be together. The scammers may also use the empathy or compassion of victims to make them believe of a terrible circumstance that the scammer is in and therein begins the actual scam.
How travel scenario scams pan out?
The first and the more popular route among scammers is to interact with a potential victim. Over numerous chats, mails or letters, these scammers will gradually build trust. Once they get the victim to trust them, they start getting personal. Their personal messages may seem flattering. There would almost always be a back-story that will move the victim. It could be harrowing or one of amazement but it will be created particularly to invoke certain emotions in the victim that will allow the scammer to move to the next stage.
The next stage is wherein the scammer asks for money. It could be money for a plane ticket, some money to get a visa or for other purposes. The objective would be stuck to getting together and meeting, perhaps dating or even a life together. It would also be a whirlwind affair if the victim has expressed any such desire. The scammers are more than willing to improvise and promise to deliver whatever it is that will get them the money.
If a victim parts with some money, the scammer will not only be happy and not turn up but would contact again for some more money. This time it would be for some other reason, perhaps their wallet got stolen or they have met with an accident, someone in their family is suffering or something awful has happened in their home. Everything that can make a victim feel sad, sorry and compassionate, willing to help and forthcoming with money will be used by a scammer to extract as much money as possible.
If you never pay or stop paying, the scammer will cease to contact. However, if you have shared your personal details, be it online passwords or credit card information, then you could be in for a very rude shock.