The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa.
At the end of the day they all have the same basic plot – there is an emergency and won’t you please send them some money?
You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.
Another common scam one comes across in online dating is the medical emergency scam.
This is one of the most popular scams in online dating.
Nigeria and Ghana are notorious for their scammers and hence most people probably wouldn’t pursue a relationship with someone from one of these countries.
Again, most often these scammers will pretend to be a Western man but in reality they will be scammers based in Africa.
In reality, the scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.They do not ask for money to buy the ticket or even for visa expenses… However, there is usually a last minute glitch and they will request you to send them a large amount of money without which the trip will be impossible.These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.If you are contacted by somebody using these pictures on a dating site or a social network, you are being scammed.