Online dating and scam nigeria

She ended up giving away £4,000 before she discovered she was the victim of an elaborate scam based in Nigeria.Even to this day, Sheila has no idea who she was actually talking to or where her money went.

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He said a payment had to be made right away in order for them to get the goods he needed from a supplier - and that he couldn't make the transaction from Afghanistan.

She recalled: 'As I was showing prospective buyers around my house I was so excited as Glen was due to be coming home tomorrow.

I couldn't help telling them all about it and showed them Glen's picture on my laptop.' Sheila was sent this picture by 'Glen', who she believed was a medic in the Canadian Navy based in Afghanistan.

Claiming to be a military man is a common ruse used by scammers as it makes them attractive to women and provides a plausible explanation as to why they are unable to meet He said they would send the woman a picture of a handsome man they would 'fall for' and concoct a back story about their life.

He said they often pretended to have a military background as this is attractive to women and gives them a plausible reason why they can't meet.

He said: 'Most women say they want security and someone with a good job.One of the best jobs we believe is in the military and with a military man you can say you are travelling.The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!" From internet cafes all over west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey - singles looking for love online. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.The scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails, and then send off thousands of fraudulent letters and emails awaiting the victim's replies.

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