In all likelihood there is no charity and you have been robbed off your money by a scammer.Also known as the advance fee scam this is an oldie but a goody.You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.
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.
A few days or weeks later their bank calls, informing the victim the money orders were fraudulent and that they are responsible for the amounts owing. You come across a profile of a young, attractive woman on an online dating site or maybe she contacts you.
The photos are stunning, perhaps professionally taken or provocative, but the description of what she's looking for in a partner is vague.
They are consequently kidnapped and you will be asked to urgently send them some ransom money to help them get out of the messy situation.
Yes, this one definitely pulls on the heart strings because you will obviously want to do something to help but don't fall for it because it is simply a way to play on people's emotions and then scam money from them.
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?
Of course millions of people have flown across countries and continents to find the loves of their life but it's important to keep personal safety in mind.
While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.
It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.
"William" is probably not even based in a Western country and is yet another Nigerian scammer trying to dupe innocent people off their money.