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I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.

Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS

You can find scammers on every Dating site, Face book, and My space and many other different communities .Please read the profiles and look at the photographs, the photos are always stolen from agency models and sometimes from other victims as identity theft: the agency you can check is You can also search for photographs in picture search in database at this site and scamdigger where you upload an photo and see if the scammer is reported in another site If you think you have contact with an scammer by email, read these general warning signs


1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE!
6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.

What can you do to protect yourself?

You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.

How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??

Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.

What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?

If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.

And in this link you have more information of what you can do if you
are scammed.

Many thanks to DOC with the language/Translation,OJAS with good and informative links,and many thanks to and all other contributors and friends here at this site.


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2012-03-27, 19:20:51   (updated: 2012-03-27, 19:28:51)
Miss Marple from United States  
Below i have put an posting made today by someone( scammer ) who says he /She is an police and will help you recover your lost money,look at the email address,what police would even use such an emailaddress...??????

2012-03-27, 08:06:11
i am a police man who can help you get all your money back when you lost it to a scammer and i will be happy if you have all the information you send to send money to the scammer do not worry just send me a mail at and i will get back to you soon have a nice day


2012-03-28, 14:29:00   (updated: 2012-03-28, 14:34:08)
anonymous from Denmark  
Mack Brown also use this photo

2012-03-28, 14:37:24
anonymous from Denmark  
I want to report a Facebook scammer.
His username is Mack Brown and he has been so stupid to take the photo identity of the former prime minister Gordon Brown.
He approched me with sweet words and when I told him I was married - which is visible on my profile - he wanted us to be best friends instead. He told he was a widower with a 10 year old son and that he was latin american but living in London, but was working as an oil rig engineer. When I confronted him and send him a link with a newspaper article with Gordon Brown, I also asked him who he was for real and he said he was him (Gordon Brown).
I then told him that Gordon Browns wife is still alive and that he has 2 sons... He has now closed his FB profile. We never got to any money point and I guess it was because I was married.
The photo is Gordon Brown - not the scammer

2012-03-28, 15:46:26
Miss Marple from United States  
Tusen takk!!

We never got to any money point and I guess it was because I was married.

If scammers gets the chance they scam anyone age,gender,singles,old,young ,married or not it does not matter..i think it is more likely you confronted him about Gordon Browns photo that made him to shut down his account or someone else who he tried to scam reported him.Did you got an emailaddres from this scammer? Any other information that can be useful for others? Please post it here.

All kind regards//Miss Marple//

James Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 until 2010


2012-03-28, 22:42:41
OJAS from United States  
2012-03-29, 15:08:47
anonymous from Denmark  
Hi I didn't get any email address for Mack Brown, we only communicated on FB, but here is some information he gave:

How are you today? I hope everything is going well with you? I appreciate your response and I would like to introduce myself to you, I am Mack a Latin American by birth, living and working here in London, I am a widower and have a son 10years old, I would like to know more about you and see what happens in the future, my dream is to find a nice woman who is honest and caring, who is willing to spend our life
together if we can be compatible.

My hobbies, I love playing football, swimming, cooking, reading, I do like going to movies sometimes and going to the beach, I like going out when needed but also like relaxing at home sometimes.
I would like to tell you more about myself and also know more about you, I hope that our communication here will be nice so as to get to know each other better.

Please take good care of yourself and I also hope to hear something nice about you.

Yours Sincerely,

But under information in his FB profil it said Wollongong New South Wales and that is Australia. I didn't get more information due to the short time we had contact.
2012-03-29, 16:14:17
OJAS from United States  
Thanks Danmark, continue to obtain and report all info on the scammer

Useful reverse image search tools:
2012-04-02, 17:39:25
anonymous from Denmark  
Maurice Frank, Claims to work for Atlas Oil Company, educated on Royal Holloway, University of London has scammed a woman I know, but I don't know the details about that.
I discovered that he is following me on FB, but he hasn't contacted me.
The weird thing is that he has exactly the same Facebook profile picture as a man named Michael Aus Neuss from Germany. I found out by using the Google picture search.
I just wanted to put this in here as a warning and I will of course update if he tries to scam me.
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How you recognize male scammers.

2012-04-02, 17:39:31
anonymous from Denmark  
Maurice Frank, Claims to work for Atlas Oil Company, educated on Royal Holloway, University of London has scammed a woman I know, but I don't know the details about that.
I discovered that he is following me on FB, but he hasn't contacted me.
The weird thing is that he has exactly the same Facebook profile picture as a man named Michael Aus Neuss from Germany. I found out by using the Google picture search.
I just wanted to put this in here as a warning and I will of course update if he tries to scam me.
This image was also posted here:
How you recognize male scammers.

2012-04-09, 22:47:22
anonymous from Australia  
2012-04-11, 16:20:30
OJAS from United States  
2012-04-13, 21:17:10
Miss Marple from United States  
Nigerian arrested for series of Internet love scams

A Nigerian man was arrested by the Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur and extradited to Singapore on April 11 for a spate of Internet love scams.

The 32-year-old is believed to be involved in a series of love scam cases which were reported to the police last year.

He allegedly befriended female victims through online dating and social networking sites, and developed a 'love' relationship with them.

He would promise to visit Singapore and on the day of arrival, he would contact the victims and inform them that he had been detained at the Checkpoint. He would then ask the victims to remit money to specified bank accounts to secure his release.

The suspect will be charged in court on April 13 and a court order will be sought to remand him for further investigations.

DAC Sam Tee, Commander Airport Police Division, expressed his gratitude to the Malaysian police 'for the excellent cooperation and assistance rendered to the Singapore Police in effecting the arrest'.

The police also reminded the public to remain vigilant against such scams and to inform the police immediately if anyone attempts to extort money.

The public should also be wary of messages from unknown people who want to befriend you, exercise caution when dealing with unknown persons 'befriended' over the Internet, and do not remit or transfer money to people whom you do not know well enough.

The criminal may spend months building rapport with you online before asking for money, said the police.

Do not acede to any request that may put you in a vulnerable position, such as peforming comprising acts in front of a webcam, or give personal details about yourself.


2012-04-17, 14:37:43
anonymous from Czech Republic  
My experience with dating sites resulted with total pesimism. There is almost no site where the scammers would not be. I met them on and Wayn know about other still worse dating sites. There is need to check everybody and be careful.

Lot of scammers came to me twice some of them still to try but having now all the information and knowing their stolen photos I do report them constatly. Unfortunately there are dating sites when one wish to report profile must register - and that I am refusing to do. Some others even when the text is scamming or mentioned under a scammer name (military) scammers) - they started to hide their stolen photos and when one reports them, they respond until no photo we cannot do anything. That is strange attitude to me...

Found on Wayn scammer using stolen photos with profile on Wayn and he put there two totally new photos I never saw with him before.
This image was also posted here:
How you recognize male scammers.

2012-04-17, 14:39:10
hemisphere from Czech Republic  

This image was also posted here:
How you recognize male scammers.

2012-04-17, 14:40:55
hemisphere from Czech Republic  

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