A woman I met online has asked me to lend her money — should I help her out?
DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE met a woman online who has asked me to lend her the money to rent a house.
She’s a nurse in West Africa. She says her wages haven’t been paid for months and she has been thrown out on the street.
We’ve been in a long-distance relationship for three months and I hate to think of her being homeless.
She’s 25 and I’m 39.
She also said she would like to come here to work for the NHS – then we could be together.
I’m just waiting for her bank details.
Should I help her out?
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DEIDRE SAYS: Be wary. Have you done some research on whether her story holds together?
Have you FaceTimed or talked in a way that means you can be sure she is genuine?
Even if so, see the money as a gift. It is unlikely she will get the cash to pay you back.
Don’t expect any reward either, such as a relationship, as that would be exploiting her difficult circumstances.
See actionfraud.police.uk to be sure she (assuming it is really a she) doesn’t fit the profile of a scammer.
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