The reasons for needing the money will sound plausible.
Regardless of the series of mishaps, the end result is the same - the cyber soul mate is asked to send money!
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The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.
Then they convince their soul mates to bank them into their bank account and then wire them the money via Western Union.
" 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.
The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.
They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.