a business trip or to visit his child in a Nigerian boarding school or even a safari.
Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.
If the victim agrees they will receive money orders that have been bought for a small fee, such as , and doctored to read hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Again, they pretend to be someone from a Western country, visiting Nigeria or Ghana for some reason.
In fact, the US Embassy to Russia receives reports every single day from people concerned they've been scammed by a Russian single looking for love, and the U. Postal Service has created a video about the same topic on its Fake website.
So how do you avoid falling prey to an internet dating scam in the first place?
Some scammers claim to be North American, European or Australian citizens working in an African nation such as Ghana, Nigeria or based in Lagos.
The story goes that they are paid in money orders but are having trouble cashing them; could you please cash the orders and wire the money to Nigeria?