Nigerian dating scams 419
These scams are often known as 'Nigerian 419' scams because the first wave of them came from Nigeria.
The '419' part of the name comes from the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which outlaws the practice. Scammers may ask for your bank account details to 'help them transfer the money' and use this information to later steal your funds.
Instead of sending spam letters that promise millions for your assistance, these scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online.
They use psychological tricks to lure their victims in, use poetry and even gifts to get them under their spell, and then once you are there, will try to reach for your wallet, all the time declaring their "undying love" for you.
If paid, the scammer may make up new fees that require payment before you can receive your reward.
They will keep asking for more money as long as you are willing to part with it.
He's hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance.
It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.
Named after a now-defunct Nigerian law the 419 scam is a classic amongst online dating scams.