The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!
After being matched with an interested party, these con artists slowly reel in their prey with affectionate messages of passion and desire.
Once the target is hooked and believes he or she is in a real, full-fledged relationship with an American service member, the scammers goes in for the kill, asking for thousands of dollars at a time to help address a personal crisis or material need.
They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .
They also lurk in chat rooms and social networking sites as well as Christian and other religious-based dating sites.
The photos are usually stolen from modeling sites with reports that 90% of them are being taken from Focus Hawaii.
If you think you are being scammed, go to this site and browse all the photos to see if the person you are communicating has a photo on this site. However they also use photos taken from profiles of other people on dating sites, so remember that the photos that scammers use are not photos of themselves - they are photos of innocent victims.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.By far one of the most successful schemes involves American service members. Well before stalking their victims, they meticulously meld online images of real soldiers with fake names and personalities.They even create social media accounts and other various online footprints to ensure their aliases are as realistic and attractive as possible.They also tend to target middle-aged people looking for stable relationships.