This is an extreme case of online dating scamming but should serve as a wake up call to all online daters; do you really know who is on the other end of that email or phone?
However much you send, you will never see the money again.
If the victim agrees they will receive money orders that have been bought for a small fee, such as , and doctored to read hundreds or thousands of dollars.
The victim will cash this order and send the money through an irreversible process such as wiring with Western Union as instructed by the scammer.
Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.
The basic idea is that you're contacted by someone who has access to large sums of money and wishes to move them through your bank account.