However, once one dollar is wired or transferred, the scammers know they have a "live one." In many cases people with degrees in psychology are hired brought in to help the scammers "close the deals."In a long string of "mishaps," the fictional "boyfriend," "girlfriend" and/or "fiance" claims to be in America and goes to Nigeria on business.
Next, a wallet is stolen, someone needs an operation, hotel owners hold the unreal soul mate hostage, and hundreds of dollars is needed to pay the bill.
These scammers prey upon your trust, love, and decency...
There are young men and women in Ghana, who create false profiles on dating sites to defraud unsuspecting single men looking for love from overseas.
Some scammers pretending to be British/Canadian/Austalian or US citizens....."working" in Ghana/Nigeria/Ivory Coast... Don`t expect a white or mix-race "girlfriend/boyfriend"!
I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. As a newswire reporter focused on the terrorist group Boko Haram, he was able to provide crucial context for my story.
Also included in the series of events, new plane tickets need to be bought, custom officials must be bribed, not to mention, heavy "get-out-of-jail" bribes.
Stephen Kovacsics of American Citizen Services, an office of the U. Consulate, says he is woken up several nights a week by Americans pleading for help with an emergency, such as a fiance (whom they have only met in an online chat room) locked up in a Nigerian jail.They set up fake and phony profiles using pictures from modeling sites from all over the net, littered with false information that can range from something as simple as an appealing (but false) weight, to something as diverse and personal as being in As far as the victim is concerned, they believe what they are experiencing is the real thing - that the picture of the person they chat with is real.The person they are chatting with, while revealing their deepest desires, really does care about them. So once a "relationship" has been established, it doesn't always seem odd that their cyber soul mate may need a few dollars.Before that, he used to hang out with nomadic cow-herding kids, children who sell bottled water by the roadside, and budding scam artists.Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.Some times, they are pretending to be "Mix Race" or even White! Some times they say, they are from your local area...