Another name for this scam is the "advance-fee" scam because the fraudster asks you to pay money before you get the payoff (that never actually arrives). Here's how to avoid getting swindled by 419 fraud: Sometimes, multiple scammers will pose as one person; other times, one scammer will pose as a wealthy Nigerian, attorney, travel agent, lawyer, government official, etc. Everything the scammer tells you — their name, address, occupation, and sob story — is a complete lie.
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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.
25-80, but usually they search for middle-aged ladies - They have weird usernames containing "4real" or "4luv" - They say they are "God fearing" and search for "God fearing" - They always claim they are honest and caring, and their username often contain the words "honest" and "care" - Their first names are also weird, like Martins, Williams, Kevins, Waynes, etc...
(instead of Martin, William, Kevin, Wayne) - The women names are often misspelled, like Jenifer instead of Jennifer, Ashly instead of Ashley, or Marry instead of Mary. But for every scammer that is apprehended by law enforcement, there are so many more that never will be. They claim to be from a wealthy Nigerian or West African family, and because of the terrible currency devaluation in their country, they need to transfer their money out of the country. The whole investigation would take weeks, months, or years. Plus, modern-day 419 scammers typically work in groups.