Romance scammers are in this for one purpose only . Because of the easy money made from victims, scammers are well-to-do respected business men/women who quit their "normal" day jobs. They have a script to follow, just like telemarketers. When they are gone from the computers for any amount of time they are either looking up information in order to answer you or are consulting with a more experienced member of their "team". Internet cafes are shut down to normal business so scammers can do "their jobs". Most households in West Africa and other third world countries cannot afford them nor can they afford the cost of a monthly connection. They take time to respond to you because they are talking to other people. Learn how these scams work so you can protect yourself. Run just like any "for profit" organization, there is a hierarchy and an organizational structure: the peons, the managers, the big bosses, the pimp daddies. There may be times when they have forgotten what you talked about before or call you a different name.
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The norm in Nigerian culture is to call a family meeting when a problem occurs. They do not get on the internet, pick a stranger off a dating site, fall in love within a few days and immediately ask for money.
Scammers know victims might be aware of this and is one of the reasons why they almost immediately begin calling the victim their husband or wife.
Scammers may claim they're being held hostage in the hospital.
Call the hospital directly and ask about the "patient". When anyone you are in contact or relationship with online claims they are an American overseas, direct them to the American Embassy for help. The American Embassy highly recommends that individuals doing business in Nigeria be registered with the Embassy for their safety.
If they are asking for money to be released from the hospital, they aren't really in the hospital. New Twist on the Scam: When the scammer is caught by the victim and admits the crime, the next thing they do is swear they have fallen in love with the victim.
Some people walk away but others do believe what they are told.
After all by this time, the victim has such strong feelings for the scammer, how in the world can he/she not have feelings for them?
Scammers send sweet words, poems, and love letters..stolen from sites on the internet.
The people behind these scams are men, women, and teenagers of ALL ages.