Some people see the “romance scam” as a business – Digital Marketing Strategist

A digital marketing strategist, Esinam Batali, says some people see romance scams as a business they deliberately venture into to make a profit.

“Love scammers do exist, and they are people who prey on basic human needs, they are people who leverage love, people who leverage fear, and people who take advantage of others just for their sake. take with no intention of reciprocating or giving back.

Digital Marketing Strategist, Esinam Batali.

“Some see it as entrepreneurship. They find women over 30 who need love, present themselves as a solution and take advantage of the situation,” she said.

She said that on Strong and sassy, following the release of some documentaries that revealed how men took on fake identities and extorted millions of dollars from women, as seen on the Tinder Swindler.

According to her, another reason why women fall prey to such schemes is that society places great importance on certain things such as marriage, hence, women start to feel hopeless and as a result, embark on all kinds of relationships without being careful. .

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Esi Manford, contributing to discussions on the show Strong and Sassy.

“Especially in our parts of the world where we place a high value on marriage and the need to have your own family and all that. When women are of a certain age and they are not married, there is a suspicion of desperation that comes into play,” she said.

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Jennifer Dela Arthur submitted a submission on the Strong and Sassy show on Wednesday, February 24, 2022.

She added that some people (especially men realize this and see it as an opportunity for investment or entrepreneurship.

“They discover a challenge, which is that women over 30 need love, which they present as the solution to the challenge, and then they make money from it, but unfortunately that is short-lived” , she said.

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Host of Strong and Sassy, ​​Animwaa Anim-Addo.

Conversations about romance scams have been sparked by the release of some documentaries that chronicle how people (both men and women) have been duped by alleged lovers who pose as wealthy men/women and use their fake status to extort money to their lovers. , as in the documentary “Tinder Swindler”.

The Tinder scammer is a British true-crime documentary film that tells the story of Israeli con man Simon Leviev (born Shimon Hayut) who used the dating app Tinder to connect with individuals he then emotionally manipulated into supporting financially his lavish lifestyle on the pretext that he needed money to escape his “enemies”.

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Israeli con man Simon Leviev (born Shimon Hayut) (TORE KRISTIANSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

He would then use the money earned from the deception to attract new victims, while essentially operating a Ponzi scheme. He would later pretend to repay his victims by sending fake documents showing fake bank transfers and then break off contact with the victims. It is estimated that he scammed $10 million from people around the world.