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.
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.Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.The basic idea is that you're contacted by someone who has access to large sums of money and wishes to move them through your bank account.This is an extreme case of online dating scamming but should serve as a wake up call to all online daters; do you really know who is on the other end of that email or phone?
Of course millions of people have flown across countries and continents to find the loves of their life but it's important to keep personal safety in mind.
Remember the golden rule - NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE.
While most African singles looking for a date online are genuine, it cannot be denied that many online dating scams originate in African nations such as Nigeria, Ghana or Ivory Coast due to the low per capita income, high rates of unemployment, high rates of corruption and ineffective policing in these areas.
It could be a scammer, often a man, using photos downloaded from the internet in the hope of sucking in as many victims as possible.
by Catherine (Sheffield, UK) I am a widow and after just over two years my friends told me to try internet dating.
While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.