The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.
They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.
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!
The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.
They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .
Some of the sophisticated scammers send cheap presents such as flowers or candy [from stolen credit cards] to capture the hearts of lonely women. They either advise that their employer pays them with Money Orders and they can't cash them in Nigeria or are having trouble cashing them.
Then they convince their soul mates to bank them into their bank account and then wire them the money via Western Union.
They also tend to target middle-aged people looking for stable relationships.If you think you are being scammed, go to this site and browse all the photos to see if the person you are communicating has a photo on this site. However they also use photos taken from profiles of other people on dating sites, so remember that the photos that scammers use are not photos of themselves - they are photos of innocent victims.They also use many aliases, emails, photos, gender, age and sexual orientation in order to cast their net to catch as many victims as possible.Do you have any experience or knowledge of the Nigerian Dating Scams to help others. Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...Scammer using Charles Moore name from Coffee Meets Bagel We chatted for 2 months before I realized I was talking to a scammer.