A Nigerian Internet fraudster popularly called ' Yahoo-Yahoo', Akintunde Vincent Abiodun, has been nabbed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly defrauding a New Zealand woman he met on the Internet, of the sum of 7, 000, (about N53 million).
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Abiodun further hoodwinked the woman into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her.“Abiodun defrauded the victim of the said amount by claiming to be Christopher Williams from United Kingdom.
According to the complainant, she met Abiodun in a dating site on the Internet and allegedly fell in love with him.
It’s free to join, search and say hello through our RSVP Kiss messages — members only pay when they want to chat further,” she says.“They then choose to use the site on a pay-per-contact basis or monthly upgraded memberships.”au Plenty Of Fish Kate Mac Lean, PR co-ordinator at Plenty Of Fish, says the site has more than 100 million registered users, with more than four million active daily users.“Since our user base is so large and always growing, we provide the most selection in terms of finding a mate,” she says.“We match our users based on a complex variety of matching algorithms, which are built around the individual’s interests and behaviour on the site.”I found love Newlywed Cassie Gurman, 31, met her husband Stephen via dating site Plenty Of Fish.“I tried online dating because I thought it gave a better chance of connecting with someone who wanted to be in a committed relationship than meeting someone at a bar,” she says.“That turned out to be exactly right.”Being aware Although there are many reputable dating sites, no one wants to fall victim to a scam, so Professor Miller recommends looking for the following features before signing up: No automatic renewal. Being personally safe and savvy is also important and Frederika Davies, counsellor and Relationship Australia WA manager of clinical training, warns that how people present themselves online may be a long stretch from the real thing.“If online contact moves to chat-room or email contact, people can have the tendency to share a lot about themselves and can quickly feel an intimacy with the other person,” she says.
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Online dating is more mainstream than ever, with people of all ages signing up in the hope of finding love.“It is very, and increasingly, popular,” says Toby Miller, professor of cultural studies at Murdoch University.