" From internet cafes all over west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey - singles looking for love online. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.

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The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.

The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!

The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.

They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .

They are often told to keep some of the money for their trouble [which helps to build trust and also helps make them an accessory to the crime! After a few weeks the bank will advise the Money Orders are fraudulent and then the victim is responsible for paying the money back to the bank, and in some cases face charges of passing counterfeit instrument.

Sometimes the scammer purchases goods with stolen credit cards but have trouble getting them delivered as many US merchants are now wary of shipping to Nigeria.The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!The reasons for needing the money will sound plausible. I have been in touch with this guy called Dr Harsha Kumar, an orthopedic surgeon working for UN, from Cedar City , Utah and currently posted in Kenya for …Regardless of the series of mishaps, the end result is the same - the cyber soul mate is asked to send money! Mauro Kovac ricardo, Kovac Mauo Kovac - Hungarian scammer Mauro Kovac, the name he gave, was on a dating site called Zoosk and said he lived in Dallas, Texas, had two kids, and divorced. Charles Moffatt, Aurora Springs CO, Atlanta GA, and FL His backstory: Born in Switzerland.Often the scammers use attractive female photo profiles because lots of men will respond to an attractive woman's personal ad based on the photo alone.