The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa.
So say you have been duped by a Nigerian scammer and you contact the Nigerian police for help.You might get an email apparently from the Nigerian police telling you they have closed in on the scammer and need a payment from you before they can arrest him.Do not send money if you are in a similar situation because it is probably a scam.Again, most often these scammers will pretend to be a Western man but in reality they will be scammers based in Africa.This is a common ploy used by Russian and Filipino scammers to rob you off your money.
The general storyline is she will want to come visit you but does not have enough money and will ask you to send her money to help pay for the plane ticket and/or visa.
Once you do send the money however, it is unlikely that the visit will ever actually materialize.
As many people are now catching on to this, many scammers are trying variations of the same scam.
While online dating sites work hard to eliminate scammers from their sites, unfortunately some continue to be very deceptive and get past the fraud checks so it is important to be aware of what a potential scammer might attempt to do.
Nobody wants to be scammed yet most people are not quite sure what to look out for.
The money could be cash, gold bullion, blood diamonds, gold dust, checks etc.