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. The money extracted from victims in North America, Europe and Australia translates to huge fortunes for the scammers who are willing to put weeks or months of work into getting a good payout. Both men and women are targets. Many scammers are well educated and all are heartless so read on for common African online dating scams and protect yourself. Scam Warning Signs.
In their quest to find a romantic partner, many people often fail to recognize the signs that the person at the other end may not be out for their heart but rather their money. Most romance scams today are carried out through online dating. A person using a fake identity contacts you and they fit almost every requirement for a partner that you set out in your profile. Often the person is willing to invest a lot of time in you in order to build trust and that also makes it harder to say no to the person when they ask you for money. Then something happens and they are unable to come back unless you send them money on an urgent basis. Often they will even instruct you how to send them the required funds either through regular mail or a wire transfer. If you think this person is a fraudster stop communicating with them and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. How this scam works Warning signs Protect yourself Have you been scammed? More information. Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.