Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.
Crooks get contact details from numerous sources including hacked dating club accounts and social network listings, like Facebook, in which people “advertise” their “available” relationship status.
In other cases, the crooks simply establish bogus online dating clubs for which they charge a membership fee, sending out fictitious photographs and biographies to keep victims on the hook, paying their monthly fees.
She decided to do a little research online and discovered that, yes, cholera is a problem in Ghana, and yes, treating it can be expensive — except that Ghana actually has a free cholera treatment program.
“In that moment, something was not sounding right to me,” Firefly says. But she also realized something else: There were probably a lot of people, just like her, being victimized on dating sites, and Firefly was determined to do something about it.
“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.