The story begins on March 21, 2003, when Blick received an e-mail from a person in Nigeria by the name of Taye Owo, looking for a foreign contractor to transfer .5 million out of Nigeria. Unfortunately, Blick hadn’t heard of the scam and became excited about getting 20 million dollars for nothing. After many emails, phone calls, and faxes back and forth, the scammers provided a certificate of incorporation for Blick’s American company in Nigeria as well as a job completion certificate. citizen named Robert Blick, has been serving a 30 month jail sentence himself for defrauding his own business partners in order to give over ,000,000 to the scammers.
As Armstrong told "He talked about our future together. When my computer was later analyzed they found more than 7000 emails. There was always an excuse for why he couldn’t Skype.A New Zealand woman spent two and a half years in prison after she fell for an online romance scam.On Wednesday, Sharon Armstrong, 59, recounted her story at a Queensland University of Technology symposium on the reality of romance fraud.Last September, we brought you an online dating tale with a happy ending: guy falls in love with a buxom blonde/millionaire heiress who friends him on Facebook, gets ready to send her a wad of cash so she can supposedly come to the US (which she somehow needed in spite of that rich daddy of hers), dumps his fiancée, and gets saved in the nick of time by aforementioned dumped fiancée. Last year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took in reports from 2,620 Australians who’d lost almost million to dating and romance scams. Armstrong told her story to police, researchers and the ACCC during a Queensland University of Technology symposium on romance fraud. Armstrong’s story: 5 years ago, at the age of 53, she signed up to a dating site. The woman, 59-year-old Sharon Armstrong, is from New Zealand.