Twitter and Romance Scams

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Twitter has a problem with romance scams (a variant of the famous 419 scams) especially romance scams targeting female users, and I thought I’d use my latest scammer to look into the issue.

As you can see “Richard” here is following 170 people and has never tweeted.

As may not be surprising, everyone “Richard” follows appears to be a women

But what is interesting is so many of us appear to be based in Scotland / political. I’m guessing that “Richard” doesn’t really care which women he follows, they are just hoping that enough of us fall for him and give him money.
So why is their such a cluster of Scottish political women they are following? My guess is they started with a single woman and followed all the women that profile was following/follows since people interested in similar topics this tactic is likely to form a group of women with similar interests.

Not only does “Richard” not follow and men (or NB people) they only one guy follows them…

Yoann, “Richard”‘s only male friend

Yoann, hasn’t tweeted much, but he does have an Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/yoann_dix/

Sadly my browser doesn’t render the emojis well, but he claimes to be a 15-year-old male model from the Ivory Coast. he also has a second Instagram account

On his Twitter bio Yoann claims to come from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Is this 15 year old kid, the scammer behind “Richard” who knows but I’ve reached out to him for comment.

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