In the 1980s prisoners within the Louisiana State Penitentiary in unincorporated West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States operated an advance fee fraud scheme.
Advertisements, mostly of men seeking men, appeared in newspapers in Canada and the USA.
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A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
The scammer's main tool is affection, devotion, and eventually love, which he displays to victims in a series of daily letters.