SCARS™ Scam Basics: Road Trip Or Out Of The Country!

Why Are Most Romance Scammers Never At Home?

Why Do They Tell You They’Re Out Of The Country?

There are several reasons for this, but most of it comes down to two key points!

  1. They do not want to get trapped into having local knowledge
  2. They will ultimately need to have the victim send the money to another country

Local Knowledge

In the first case, scammers are very ignorant about the real world. Testing their knowledge about the location they claim to live in will almost always trip them up – even though they could Google it, they will never be as familiar as someone that actually lives in that country or been there.

In fact, one of the best ways to trip up a scammer is to spend a few minute research the location they claim is their home and then quizzing them about. Especially if you make up a place and ask them if they remember it. They will fear sounding like a scammer and most of the time agree they know it – even though you made it up!

Sorry, Can’t Meet You

One of the problems with a scam is saying you are in a place and having a victim that wants to go there. They need to have vast distances that discourage a victim from wanting to travel there.

The combination of the distance and the events that befall the scammer help keep meeting in real life an impossibility.

Fiction Factory

Another reason they say they are traveling or went to visit another country is that they are reversing the Local Knowledge on you – they know their country, so they can sound more confident and factual when they talk about it.

Plus it gives them an additional range of topics, crisis, emergencies, and the like to weave into their fantastical stories. And it makes it all sound more exotic and romantic!

Getting The Money

In the end, the major reason for the traveling abroad stories is to reinforce the reason for the scam – receiving money in Ghana, Nigeria, or elsewhere.  When they tell you where to send the money it has to be where they really are.

However, with an ever-growing number of money mules, it is becoming easier for scammers to receive the money anywhere!

As always take nothing for granted – assume scammer first last and always until you have proof!

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