The money extracted from victims in North America, Europe and Australia translates to huge fortunes for the scammers who are willing to put weeks or months of work into getting a good payout. Many scammers are well educated and all are heartless so read on for common African online dating scams and protect yourself. You might be interacting with a man, say, "William Jones" from USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.
After some time, "William" has to travel to Nigeria or Ghana for some reason e.g.
Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.
They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.
a business trip or to visit his child in a Nigerian boarding school or even a safari.
Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.
They approach you through online by someone who appears to be interested in you.
These fraudulent scammers set up fake profiles and claim to be foreign citizens or NRIs.
In all likelihood there is no charity and you have been robbed off your money by a scammer.
Also known as the advance fee scam this is an oldie but a goody.
After making good raport with you, he or she will ask you to pay his/her education fees, visa fees and other legal expenses.