Nigerian scam comes in many forms: 419 scam, when they offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account, or lottery scam, when they tell you that you've won something in some bogus lottery.
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Finding love online can be challenging because you will never know when you will get to meet the right one or if you are meeting someone who will only scam you out of your pockets.
Not so long ago, it was embarrassing to find love online.
Some people think that it is a clear sign of desperation.
Some think that websites online are scams or people that will get only up to no good.
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.
After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.
Recently there are also Nigerian scams originating from Malaysia, China, India, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, Egypt, as that's where Nigerians are located since they can easily get to these countries without visas or on the student visas.
Men are usually widowed engineers, building contractors, military, vet doctors, surgeons or antique dealers.
Once you have been lured in, they will start expressing their strong emotions for their victims and will request for you to start moving the relationship away from the dating website.
They can either ask for their victims to do instant messaging, email, or phone.
There is also a re-shipping scam, when they will ask you to re-ship goods for them.