For a shorter, general overview, see An introduction to love or dating scams If you have started communicating with someone online, and he or she matches many of the characteristics described in this thread, you are most likely dealing with a scammer.
Please be aware that not all scammers are alike--if you are in an online relationship with someone who doesn't have many of these characteristics, it is still important to use caution, and be alert for signs that something "isn't right."Remember: What other things should you look out for?
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.
male pictures most frequently used by African scammers.
ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.
However, Nigerian dating scam (or romance scam), besides just asking for money for their studies, sick relatives, etc..
Looking to find a companion or a soul mate through online dating websites?
Remember, the risk of falling victim to male scammers through dating websites is on the rise.
And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets.
By learning how to spot a scammer, you can protect yourself.