The money extracted from victims in North America, Europe and Australia translates to huge fortunes for the scammers who are willing to put weeks or months of work into getting a good payout. Many scammers are well educated and all are heartless so read on for common African online dating scams and protect yourself. You might be interacting with a man, say, "William Jones" from USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.After some time, "William" has to travel to Nigeria or Ghana for some reason e.g.Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.They are consequently kidnapped and you will be asked to urgently send them some ransom money to help them get out of the messy situation.Yes, this one definitely pulls on the heart strings because you will obviously want to do something to help but don't fall for it because it is simply a way to play on people's emotions and then scam money from them.Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.
Also known as the advance fee scam this is an oldie but a goody.
Whatever creative, captivating and greed inducing story you read know this: it's a scam.
However much you send, you will never see the money again.
You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.
It's a scam, don't send a cent, cease contact and report the scammer.