This website (as at 20th May 2016) has more than seventeen thousand reports of scammers and more than ninety thousand photos of scammers and over eleven thousand letter sets. That’s comprehensive and impressive.
Stop-scammers.com is a store of information about female scammers across the world. Their database lists known scammers together with corroborating evidence such as correspondence, photos, countries of known operation and documentation commonly used by these international thieves.
The website says “If you've been scammed in the past or you are suspicious that the lady you are corresponding with may be anything but who she says she is, then you'll find all the information and tools you need to fight back at Stop-Scammers.com”
Why this is based on female scammers only? - I don’t know, but there is also a website of male scammers called male-scammers.com..
The focus of the website is to build information so that anyone who believes they may be in the process of being scammed, can check and see if the woman in question is a known scammer.
The basis of these scams is building up regular correspondence between the scammer and the victim. After several such contacts, then the scammer begins to ask for things – foreign language courses, computer costs, rent etc. This may take the form of claiming she has had goods stolen or been attacked or has a sick mother to pay for etc.
If the victim pays, then the scam continues until he stops paying.
Scenarios may include travel – she wants you to pay for her tickets to meet up. Or for a visa, travel insurance etc.
Maybe she claims to be in need of medication but can’t afford it or one of her relatives is suddenly ill and needs money for treatment.
Maybe she needs to have a bank account in your country so she can transfer money but once she’s got the new account – you’re no longer needed.
Maybe she needs to pay taxes or bribes to government officials before she can leave the country.
It goes on. There can be endless reasons why the victim should pay increasing amounts of money. Until he eventually stops paying and the scammer moves on.