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The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.
If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears.
Taking advantage of the "dangerous" perception of Africa, scammers often create elaborate fake kidnap plans.
Again, they pretend to be someone from a Western country, visiting Nigeria or Ghana for some reason.
a business trip or to visit his child in a Nigerian boarding school or even a safari.
All they need is a sum of your money to get things rolling or to cover bank fees.
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.
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.