Phoenix, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: Can I face criminal prosecution for writing fantasy role-play emails to someone I met on a sexual dating service?

I encountered Janet through an online dating service that specializes in Dominant/submissive relationships.

When we were about to meet in person, suddenly she had to go to Nigeria for a big inheritance.

While waiting for processing, we exchanged explicit emails -- mostly fantasy role-playing. Talking about rougher sex than intended.

When she was supposed to fly home she was arrested for drugs in luggage. She'd told me she did not use drugs.

They found our emails. Her lawyer says I could be arrested for what I said in them.

She must pay fine of $4500 before her funds are released (Feb 22), If not, my contact info will have to be turned over to police, I do not have $4500 or any way to raise it. I had already sent her $6000 for various expenses,

I am terrified. Am I at real legal risk here? Some of this seems rather bizarre to me. Am I being scammed? What can I do to protect myself?

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Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Let's think this through.... A woman you've never actually met was arrested in Nigeria for something you had nothing to do with. But you've been told by her "lawyer" that you need to pay $4500? That's called a shake down. And you're being taken for a ride as a scam. This woman is in on it. Don't be stupid. Stop talking to her and other "women" on the internet. Maybe try Tinder, Match, or some other dating service that's slightly more vetted.

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