How it works:
- The place where the infamous 419 scam originated from, Nigeria today is also infamous for romance scams. There have been three waves of scammers.
- The first wave began with uneducated criminals. The second wave came as young, educated men frustrated at the lack of opportunities in the economy turned to this after seeing how the first wave of criminals were gaining in wealth and esteem. The third wave today is simply those who admired these scammers.
- The modus operandi is a very standard one. They first create fake profiles and then go hunting for foreigners online (e.g. Americans, Europeans). They will try to form a relationship with you over time and once rapport has been built, they will either tell you of a problem (fake accident, emergency surgery, stolen wallet, problem with hotel), or claim to want to take a flight to visit and then ask you to wire money over.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Don’t even bother trying to verify, it is almost 100% a scam.