With cryptocurrency fraud and IRS scams making headlines, I had thought Nigerian email schemes were a thing of the past, akin to the bygone days when a scammer might offer to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. So I was surprised to recently come across an article about a 62-year-old Swedish divorcee named Maria Grette.

She had set up a dating profile and soon received a message from a 58-year-old Danish man named Johnny who was working as an engineer in the United States. They wrote back and forth, starting chatting on the phone, and a relationship blossomed.

Her new love interest had a son who was studying at a university in England, and the man said that he was looking to retire to Sweden. They made arrangements for a trip to meet in person there.

However, before heading to Europe, Johnny needed to take a side trip to Nigeria for a job interview. That’s when things took a turn.

Maria received a desperate call from Johnny. He and his son had been mugged, the son had been shot in the head, and they were in a Lagos hospital without any money or identification. Read more from inverse.com…

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