Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nigerian dating scam

The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and susceptible persons and they are hugely profitable.

The most common comment of victims is "I can't believe I was so stupid!"

All over West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey, singles looking for love online. Scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails and send off thousands of scam letters and scam emails awaiting the victim's replies.

They are offering the chance of finding true love and there are plenty of takers. However later, the susceptible hearts accept requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak. The scammers mostly choose chat rooms and dating sites since the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.

Scammers use photos taken from profiles of other people on dating sites, they never use photos of themselves, and they are photos of innocent victims. They may also use many aliases like emails, age, photos, gender and sexual orientation in order to cast their net to catch as many victims as possible. Scammers often use attractive female photo profiles as lots of men will respond to an attractive woman's personal ad based on the photo alone. Sometimes the scammer purchases goods with stolen credit cards but have problem getting them delivered as many US merchants are now wary of shipping to Nigeria.

If the scammer has asked for money, stop further communications with them where no matter how truthful they may, enjoy the relationship but don’t send them money.

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