In truth though, all they are looking for your MONEY.
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.
He emphasised that people should not be using online dating at all.
The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.
They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.
NEWS BRIEF The 40-year-old Nigerian man behind one of the world’s most well-known online scams has been arrested in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Interpol said Monday.
Last year, 114 cases of online dating fraud were reported to police in the city, costing victims a total of HK million, alarming new figures show.
In 2014, there were 29 cases reported, costing HK.3 million, while in 2015, police handled 62 cases involving total losses of HK.42 million.
However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.
The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.
The arrest, made through a joint-operation between Interpol and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), marks the end of a fraud network worth upwards of million, Interpol said in a statement.