The scammers spend their day trolling the dating sites and chat rooms for contact emails, and then send off thousands of fraudulent letters and emails awaiting the victim's replies.
They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
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They also lurk in chat rooms and social networking sites as well as Christian and other religious-based dating sites.The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!" From internet cafes all over west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal etc scammers are zeroing in on their prey - singles looking for love online. The Nigerians call them 'maghas' which is slang for gullible white people.They then spend months chatting up and luring their naive targets with online intimacy.They often pretend to be foreign specialists [from the US, UK or Canada, but can be any European country]temporarily working in Nigeria or other African country.