One day, scrolling through an online forum, she met Wayne Mays (not his real name) from the UK.
Mays is a romance scam-baiter, which means he hangs out on dating sites, posing as a naive love-seeker, with the goal of unmasking — and exhausting — confidence men and women.
(She asked that I only use her internet handle, Firefly, for reasons that will soon become clear.) It had been about a year since Firefly got divorced.Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.He suggested they ditch the dating site and switch to email.(I know; red flag.) “He even called me, calling me ‘Mom’ a few times,” she says.Then, after about a week of heavy correspondence, Firefly’s boyfriend announced his son’s birthday was coming up, and suggested she send him a gift. It was pretty gratifying, she says; the son was ecstatic.I've talked to 3 women like this who have had the same story.It's really messing with me and making me wonder if this is a joke or not. Hi, Yes, Ghana is the hotbed for online dating scams. Will try to get as much info as I can so I can report.I have been on matchcom and lately I have been getting a lot of e mails from Ghana. Never one on a weekend, I usually had to write first.The frist one was suspicious but I wrote back stating I had no money to send. Finally I pulled the plug and that is when I got flooded with e mails from Ghana. They are good at removing a suspicious profile when there members complain about it.