How to spot a nigerian dating scammer
- 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..
These heartless fraudsters, known as Nigerian scammers, are much, much worse than your parasitic ex. The Nigerian scam has long been flagged as a common type of cyber crime. Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service reportedly receives 100 calls a day from people claiming to be victims of a Nigerian scam. Here's how the con typically works: You get an email from someone asking for your help. To obtain an arrest warrant for the perpetrator, you'd have to acquire a huge body of evidence of email communications, phony documents, bank transactions, etc.
Then, once you hand over your banking info and pay a "small fee" to cover the expenses related to the transfer, the so-called "prince" sucks your savings dry. If an unsolicited email reads like a drunk text, it's probably a hoax. That's a clear sign that Sandra doesn't know what the hell she's talking about. Spare yourself the trauma of a drawn-out, potentially inconclusive criminal investigation.
Typically, 419 email scams show overt signs of deceit. It's worse than that birthday card you wrote to your mom in second grade. If no results show up, they might be using a fake name.
Advance-fee scammers have also started targeting businesses. Sandra wants Justin to act fast so that he'll transfer the money before he realizes exactly how sketchy this whole situation is. Sandra wants to tug at Justin's heartstrings so that he feels obligated to help her. Of course, not all 419 scams will be as blatantly obvious as Sandra's. If you actually get scammed, there's no guarantee that justice will ever be served. "Love," "thanks," "god bless" — who could reject a request from such a polite stranger? And there you have it: the telltale sign that Sandra is a scammer.Suspect you may be dealing with a Nigerian scammer?
Here is a wonderful list originally compiled by the Romancescams Yahoo group, but modified and extended by us.Don't give them a dime of your hard-earned savings.