How to spot a nigerian dating scammer i have given up dating

S.) Scammers will ask you to wire money through services like Western Union or Money Gram.

They might also use your money to buy prepaid credit cards, set up new accounts, or buy expensive goods to ship abroad.

- Their last names are usually Cole, Moore, Smith or Williams - They say they are "XX by name" and "XX by age" - They say "am" instead of "I am", for example: "am Williams by name..." - They say "hope to read from you soon" - They say they are from Keller, VA. Because it has the same zip code as Nigeria: 23401 - Their occupation is often "building contractor" or "civil engineer" for men and "model" or "nurse" for women - Their introductory letter often contains the phraze: "Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life." (typical for Senegal scammers) - They immediately want to get off the website and onto Yahoo IM or MSN IM - They are not usually around on the weekends to IM - They IM at unusual hours for your time zone - Their profile seems to disappear off the website immediately after conversation begins - Their spelling is atrocious - They are notorious for using 'i' instead of 'I' - They consistently use webspeak or abbreviations: u r ur cos pls/plz ma sry brb div acc - Their grammar is not consistent with how Americans speak, French speak etc...

- They often mix up their phrases: i will like to heer from you soonest I am kool Do you have anyman you care to meet Do you have any man you planning to meet Looking for someone to love and care for in life Am cheerfull in life I will like to meet someone that is careing and loveing for real in life i am too young for my age if you don't know Ok so how will you feel if i says i dont mind you i will like you to be my best friend You are so pretty for my likeness - They appear uneducated with their speaking/writing skills - They misunderstand our slang or comparisons such as night owl/early bird, poker face - They immediately start using pet names with you: hon/hun baby/babe sweety/sweetie - They over-use emoticons - They are notorious for using BUZZ - They do not like to answer personal questions about themselves and tend to ignore questions - The details they give you on IM are often different that what was stated on their profiles, one of the more common ones they give different answers to is their birthdate, height/weight, and age - If you catch them on an inconsistency they will claim a friend or relative must've been using their id to chat with you, they will always try to come up with a coverup and of course, you are always wrong or mistaken - They often misspell the cities/towns they claim they are from and are unfamiliar with any of the local landmarks and attractions - They do not know common questions that every US citizen would know the answer to - If you ask them a question they don't know they will usually be offline for a length of time so they can go look up the answer on the internet always claiming they had a phone call or had to go to the bathroom etc..

They'll ask the employee to transfer the money to a U. bank account set up by a "money mule" living in the U. (Scammers know their targets would catch on to the ruse if they asked the employee to send money to a Nigerian account.) These mules might be foreign-born con artists living in the U. They might even be American victims who want to earn back the money they lost getting scammed.

Plus, Nigerians aren't the only criminals committing the many variations of the advance-fee scam.

Here is a wonderful list originally compiled by the Romancescams Yahoo group, but modified and extended by us.

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.

Then call your bank or credit card company to find out how you can change or protect your accounts. All you can do is report the scam and be extra vigilant about building relationships with people you meet online.

Nigerian scammers take billions of dollars every year from unsuspecting victims.

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