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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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2012-07-18, 19:59:03
Miss Marple from United States  
From Nigeria with love (part 3)

Donald Thomson, a forensic psychologist at Deakin University, says the impact on the interpersonal relationships of victims who commit themselves emotionally as well as financially is greater than those who are victims of a purely financial scam. ''They can separate themselves from it, but the person who has been a victim of a romantic scam has given all of themselves.''

Meanwhile, ''The Psychology of Scams'', a study commissioned by the UK Office of Fair Trading, shows people who have already been a victim of a scam are consistently more likely to show renewed interest in contact from fraudsters. One trick of conmen is the ''secondary scam'' in which they contact a victim some time after they realise they have been scammed and pretend to be lawyers, government officials or police from the scammer's country.

This happened to Munro. ''Sean King'', whom she chatted with on another site, told her he had also been the victim of a scammer. He said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates 419 scams, had helped him and a friend to recover their money. Her local police had already suggested she get in touch with the EFCC, but ''I emailed them and never got a reply,'' she says. Sean told her he would get the employee who had helped him to contact her. ''So he [the EFCC employee] emailed me and then it was all on again,'' Munro says.

The emails had the same EFCC logo as she had seen on the site to which the Australian police had directed her. ''They said because such a large amount of money was due to me, I had to get anti-money-laundering and insurance certificates from the bank. All the documents that came to me looked totally believable,'' she says. ''They named the guy who scammed me and said they had his IP address. It was very clever. I was sucked in.''

Thousands of dollars later for a variety of ''fees'' and ''certificates'', Munro realised she was being scammed again.

While romance scams target the lonely and vulnerable, usually people over 50, another type of scam targets the young and naive. The ACCC research showed an increase in ''high volume scams'' that catch more victims, but for smaller amounts of money.

Brittany Smith, who lives in Melbourne, was just 17 years old when she lost her life's savings trying to buy a car from a well-known Australian car sales website. When she found one she liked, the seller told her that the site would hold payment in escrow until she confirmed she was happy with the car. Smith soon received an email on the site's letterhead.

''It looked legitimate,'' she says of the email, which contained both hers and the seller's information. ''It had contact details for a site representative and said I had to give it $7000, which they would hold on to until the car was delivered and I told them to release it.''

Four days later, she still hadn't heard from the seller and was unable to contact the ''representative''. So Smith called the website to get her money back and that's when she learnt she had been scammed. ''They told me they have no communication whatever with buyers or owners; all they do is run the site.''

Like most scams, payment was made through Western Union. Smith knows now that Western Union should never be used to transfer money to people unknown. ''In hindsight, when you look at it, you think, yeah, there were some alarm bells but at the time it seemed so legitimate.''

She contacted the Australian Federal Police but was told there was little it could do. The ability of scammers to operate in a variety of countries means that few offenders are arrested and prosecuted.

A representative of NSW Police who is responsible for Meredith Hoarey's case says on a cost/benefit analysis it was not worthwhile tracking the culprit to Nigeria and there was no ''reasonable prospect of conviction'', which is necessary for a prosecution to proceed.

An AFP spokesperson says it has no legal right to make inquiries or conduct an investigation in a foreign country. ''However, the AFP works closely with international law enforcement, including Nigerian authorities, Australian law enforcement and industry to combat online crime of this nature in a holistic fashion.''

The consensus among these agencies and others is that a victim of an online scam is unlikely to recover any of their money.

The Australian Institute of Criminology says ''the best approach lies with prevention, in raising awareness and in encouraging potential victims not to respond to invitations in the first place''. A spokesperson says: ''Our role is education and awareness, but we do work with a number of agencies, both Australian and overseas, to try and disrupt scammers.''

On Valentine's Day this year, the ACCC released voluntary ''Best Practice Guidelines for Dating Websites'', which most major dating sites claim to abide by. Some sites will not allow registrations from outside Australia, but Peter Brittain of says scammers work with Australian associates. Indeed, scammers use agents in Australia partly to stop alarm bells going off when victims are told to send money to Nigeria. Hoarey, for example, transferred money through Western Union to recipients in Queensland.

Earlier this year, Brisbane woman Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was convicted of fraud after being employed by Nigerian scammers to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel payments they received through a popular car sales website. Her payment was to be 8 per cent of all money received, but instead she kept the $33,000 she received, fleecing both victims and scammers.

Ken Gamble's company, Internet Fraud Watchdog, tracks IPs of fraudsters for those who can afford his services. He warns of an increase in investment scams, such as boiler-room fraud (cold calls offering investors worthless, overpriced or non-existent shares) and online sports betting fraud, backed by slick websites, glossy literature and fast-talking salesmen.

The Office of Fair Trading study shows that, surprisingly, it is people who are educated in the stockmarket and gambling who are most likely to fall for these scams and fraudsters, particularly retirees looking for better returns on their superannuation.

For Brittany Smith, being scammed was a wake-up call. ''Being 17 years old and losing every cent I'd worked for was horrible. I was just shocked that people even did that. It was a bit of a reality check. I'm in the real world now and people do this kind of stuff.''

* Miriam Munro is not her real name. It has been changed to protect her identity.

2012-07-23, 04:55:43
DOC from United States  
Miss Marple,

2012-07-23, 10:48:25
OJAS from United States  
Many Happy Returns Miss Marple! :-)
2012-07-23, 14:52:06
anonymous from United Kingdom  
This guy is a 30 year old Nigerian claims τ̲̅ȍ be working for a travelling company his apparently strandended in Dubai,Απϑ hopefully by end of †ђξ year we will marry,we've been chatting for a while Απϑ i actually believed he loved me till he started asking me for cash i thn asked for bank details,he suggested i send it through Western Union in Dubai,on wich i refused.He then would send threats that he would do vodoo till i would agree i am terrified because his still calling †ђξ only details he has is my number.I noticed on Pinwall facebook that he targets older woman when i confronted him he bloked me,claimed that a friend hacked his laptop.Hope this will help other woman
He name Moyo abisola of nigeria,number in Dubai +2347054338707
BlackBerry PIN

2012-07-23, 19:00:46
anonymous from United States  
This sounds like the scammer Rchard Tucker Oppong, he did the exact same thing, and then claimed he'dlet his friend use his computer and he'd hacked it and gotten my information and started calling and lexting me, trying to act like he was someone else with a different number, when actually they give your number and info to there friends when they see that they can't get anything out of you anymore. When I confronted him he told the same lie. His messenger was Lied said he lived in Houston, Texas, and the address he gave I googled it and it was a Chinese resturant. The picture he used was a nice looking fair skinned black guy, he said he was mixed lol,i bet in actuality he was black as the ace of spade. Any way, don't trust none of these scum bags. They sit in internet cafe'sall day that is their way of making their living, and a very lucrative one.
2012-07-23, 19:47:49
anonymous from United States  
This is Mechelle Barrett !!! i have reason to think that Sarah scott or Sarah is a scammer she tries to act like a Sergent in the ARMY i really think she is trying to scam me for a hospital bill just wanted you to know what is going on i had rather not use my full name at this time she is doing this for a Sergent 1st class Aaron Heather from Kabul Afgh.
2012-07-23, 21:27:44
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2012-07-23, 14:52:06

+2347054338707 :Landline Nigeria

Scammers from West-Africa says often that they are in Dubai but the phone number you gave is not to Dubai.+234 is country code for Nigeria,checked the facebook and pinball and it seems to be deleted now..even if you confront the scammer with the truth they will not admit that anyway...i know it can be scary when scammers starts to threat but often it is empty threats many times, but i understand it is scary and uncomfortable for you ,please do not answer his calls anymore,he will give up as if there is nothing to get he will go away.You can also change your phone number for your own piece of mind.

Ghana Mobile +23320, +23324, +23327, +23328
Ghana Landline +233

Nigeria Lagos +2341
Nigeria Mobile +23490, +234703, +234802, +234803, +234804, +234805, +234806, +234807, +234808
Nigeria Landline +234


+4470 numbers are a major red flag when it comes to scams!

Personal forwarding phone numbers (also called 'UK global redirects') are easily recognized, and they are a major red flag when it comes to identifying scams or scammers. The number is often given in the format +447024013818. The country code, (the +44) seemingly indicates that the number is UK-based number. The 70 prefix, however, identifies it as a personal forwarding number.

+60 Numbers used by scammers operating from Malaysia (Nigerian scammers)
Area code 809 scam:
876 is a Jamaican # for International Rate Charge Scam:
Consumer Fraud Reporting
Phone Country Codes:

2012-07-23, 21:45:17
Miss Marple from United States  
RE: Richard Tucker Oppong with


Dating scammer Terry hunt:( Richard Tucker Oppong)
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Dating scammer Terry Hunt

2012-07-23, 21:57:58
Miss Marple from United States  
2012-07-23, 22:24:50
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2012-07-23, 19:47:49
Sarah scott or Sarah

I know there are scams going on now also with female soldiers(stolen pictures from female soldiers) and stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan,the scam is the same MO as with the male profiles,no real soldiers in service asks for money from strangers online and asking for hospital bills is 100 % SCAM,soldiers and all other military staff has for sure free medical treatment when they are out on mission ,please DO NOT SEND MONEY!! Block the scammer from your email.

Female Soldier scam:

More reading about scams with pictures on military personels:
Threads reported on this site :
2012-07-23, 22:41:16   (updated: 2012-07-23, 22:42:47)
Miss Marple from United States  
Nigerian romance scammers use stolen pictures of Private Investigators on latest victims

It was always going to happen at some point, and now it has been confirmed. Romance scammers have used stolen pictures of a Private Investigator to find their victims! Yet another reason to always question the truth when dating someone online, until you meet them offline face to face. Above all else – if you meet someone online for friendship/romantic reasons – NEVER send them money without checking them out first. (This article follows on from our previous post which can be found here)

Imagine being part of an international romance scam that’s bilking hundreds of people out of money. The worst part? You have no idea your face is being used to con people you’ve never met.
That’s what happened to retired Elkhart police detective Brett Coppins, now a private investigator who runs Coppins Investigative and Security Group.
According to the Colorado Attorney General’s office, a “Nigerian Internet Romance Scam” used photographs of United States Armed Forces members on online dating websites and social networking sites such as Facebook to defraud 374 victims from 38 states in the United States and 40 countries around the world out of more than $1 million.
Coppins said his first thought that something wasn’t right came shortly after December 2010, when he returned home from a stint in Iraq, where he worked as a civilian for the U.S. Defense Department. That’s when he received a Facebook message from a woman he’d never met.
“She said it had been going on for months and she was madly in love with this guy and absolutely devastated that it was all a scam,” he recalled.
Part of the message read: I’m not here to start trouble. I fell so hard for you. I needed to find you. Now that I have, it still hurts.
After at least 10 more messages from women he didn’t know, including one who used facial recognition software to track him down, Coppins realized someone used pictures of him from Facebook, Linked-In and other websites to build a phony online dating profile.
“That was kind of the first indicator that these women had really been devastated, just taken advantage of emotionally,” Coppins said.
That’s when he decided to put on his investigator hat. Through Facebook correspondence with some of the women who’d contacted him and using other resources, he realized part of what was happening.
“My understanding is they would look to see if these women were making comments about being recently widowed or things like that and they would send emails to them, personal emails, pretending to be wanting to build a relationship with them,” Coppins explained.
The man those women believed they were talking to online went by the name of Ronald Raines, and used photographs of Coppins.
In reality, according to a 27-page indictment from the Colorado Attorney General, Ronald Raines’ online profile and several others that used photographs of U.S. military members were being manned by scam artists in Nigeria who were also working with a mother and daughter from Brighton, Colorado, a city outside Denver.
“After an on-line relationship was established, the perpetrator would often send the victim fake military documents and personal photographs in order to convince the victim that they were truly a member of the U.S. military serving in a foreign country, usually Afghanistan,” the indictment reads.
According to court documents, the perpetrator would then begin asking the victim to send money to an “agent” in Colorado via Western Union or Money Gram.
Those “agents” were the 73- and 40-year-old Colorado women. Court documents also allege the 40-year-old frequently used her 16-year-old daughter to both send and receive wires containing stolen money. Then, according to the indictment, the women would keep 10 percent of the money and send the rest to Nigeria, Ecuador, Great Britain, India, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
The scam had allegedly been in operation since 2009. The women are facing felony charges of violating the Colorado Orgainized Crime Control Act including theft, money laundering, forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation. They each face life in prison if convicted.
Coppins believes his photographs were taken by friends of African men he met during his time in Iraq then became friends with on Facebook. Even though his photo was one of many used in the scam, Coppins maintains he’s not a victim.
“You could tell [the women who contacted me] were really struggling and it was pretty difficult for me to sometimes deal with emotionally, knowing that my pictures, my photographs were being used to do something that really hurt some people,” he said.
When asked how people who have Facebook, Linked-In and other social networking profiles can protect themselves from falling victim to something similar, Coppins suggested using the maximum security settings on those networking websites to keep your photographs private and “Googling yourself,” or putting your name into search engines every once in a while to see what comes up.
“Welcome to the 21st Century. This is the world that we live in and it’s difficult,” he added. “Facebook is one of those things where people just don't take time to lock down. What they don't realize is that those photos can go anywhere and everywhere.”

2012-07-25, 10:25:49
anonymous from United States  
There is a Man that has said he loves me, and I have been stupid enough to be scammed by his love words for over 18 months. Now he or whom ever he is is making email addresses up using my name as a young woman, and I don't know how to stop this crazy scammer from using me. But I believe I have scared this person from contacting me for now. I have told whoever it is that the FBI has contacted me, and this scammer that said he loves me is very educated, he uses very good grammer, but he always wants more and more money. I am a Widow, and he claims to be a Man that works for UNICEF, and he went to Nigeria suddenly, and he says he is from Texas, he always ask me to pick money up for him. He says he has no children, and he caught his wife cheating on him that he was married to for 10 yrs.; which I now know is all lies.

2012-07-25, 10:26:40   (updated: 2012-07-25, 10:27:17)
anonymous from United States  
There is a Man that has said he loves me, and I have been stupid enough to be scammed by his love words for over 18 months. Now he or whom ever he is is making email addresses up using my name as a young woman, and I don't know how to stop this crazy scammer from using me. But I believe I have scared this person from contacting me for now. I have told whoever it is that the FBI has contacted me, and this scammer that said he loves me is very educated, he uses very good grammer, but he always wants more and more money. I am a Widow, and he claims to be a Man that works for UNICEF, and he went to Nigeria suddenly, and he says he is from Texas, he always ask me to pick money up for him. He says he has no children, and he caught his wife cheating on him that he was married to for 10 yrs.; which I now know is all lies.
2012-07-25, 21:29:51
Miss Marple from United States  
RE:2012-07-25, 10:25:49
I am sorry that you have met an scammer,i believe you have stayed in contact with an nigerian scammer that pretends to be an american coming from Texas.

Now he or whom ever he is is making email addresses up using my name as a young woman

This is what unfortunately can happen to victims on scam that the scammer uses their victims photos and ID to scam further pretending to be females instead,it is not enough that these scumbags ruin the victims life once with robbing their hard money ,the humiliation continues instead,i do not know what you can do to stop that as scammers are very quick to put out the photos on the sites again even if they have been removed. ID theft is an serious problem ,often victims on scam are not even aware that their pictures are abused by scammers either,it is very sad of course.Scammers has also an suckers list ,they simply sell the information on the victim to other scammers ,and other scammers can continue to scam the victim another time.Please post all information that the scammer has given you as name and emailaddress,phone numbers,name and address where you sent money,more photos that the scammer is using in the scam,mails please post whatever you got as there might be other victims out there and looking for information too as well.
All kind regards //Miss Marple//

2012-07-26, 07:26:08
anonymous from United States  



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