Nigeria online dating scams
The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .They ask if their soul mate can re-ship them to Nigeria.Or the alternative is to say their wallet has been stolen, hotel owner holding their passport, custom officials need to be bribed, new plane tickets are needed, they have been victimized and put in jail and need money to bribe their way out, or they need money for an operation etc.The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!
They also use many aliases, emails, photos, gender, age and sexual orientation in order to cast their net to catch as many victims as possible.The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions." From internet cafes all over west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey - singles looking for love online. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.The scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails, and then send off thousands of fraudulent letters and emails awaiting the victim's replies.
They often pretend to be foreign specialists [from the US, UK or Canada, but can be any European country]temporarily working in Nigeria or other African country.