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While most African singles looking for a date online are genuine, it cannot be denied that many online dating scams originate in African nations such as Nigeria, Ghana or Ivory Coast due to the low per capita income, high rates of unemployment, high rates of corruption and ineffective policing in these areas.
Instead he met twelve men armed with machetes who held him captive, demanding ransom.
Gregor was lucky to escape with the help of the Canadian Embassy.
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?
Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.
The basic idea is that you're contacted by someone who has access to large sums of money and wishes to move them through your bank account.
Again, they pretend to be someone from a Western country, visiting Nigeria or Ghana for some reason."William" is probably not even based in a Western country and is yet another Nigerian scammer trying to dupe innocent people off their money.