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Or the alternative is to say their wallet has been stolen, hotel owner holding their passport, custom officials need to be bribed, new plane tickets are needed, they have been victimized and put in jail and need money to bribe their way out, or they need money for an operation etc.
The reasons for needing the money will sound plausible.
They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.
The photos are usually of beautiful people and the quality of the photo is high.
The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.
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.
The photos are usually stolen from modeling sites with reports that 90% of them are being taken from Focus Hawaii.
If you think you are being scammed, go to this site and browse all the photos to see if the person you are communicating has a photo on this site. However they also use photos taken from profiles of other people on dating sites, so remember that the photos that scammers use are not photos of themselves - they are photos of innocent victims.
They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .