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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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2010-03-15, 11:40:31
Miss Marple from Sweden  
2010-03-15, 19:49:00
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  

Good to mention The Netherlands. A lot of Nigerians stay illegally in Amsterdam. They do what they know best: Internet Scamming. There were arrests in 2007 (if I remember correctly: about 70). Some Nigerians were handed over to US Authorities, because of their Scam Operations. The rest? Guess, they disappeared in the Amsterdam crowd and went back to their daily business.

The importance of this: Don't believe that your scammer(s) can be traced to Nigeria or Ghana or another African country. Save your time when searching! They can be anywhere. If your scammer mentions KLM, Amsterdam, the airport Schiphol or The Netherlands in general, be sure that he/they is/are in The Netherlands.

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2010-03-16, 04:47:33
Miss Marple from Sweden  
@ Dirk ,Thanks ! I found an articel about Nigerian scammers were arrested in Amsterdam 2004 but maybe it is not the same happening as you are talking about ,but indeed very intresting ,here is an extract of that articel i found and the rest is in the link for those who are intrested!

Netherlands Nabs Nigeria Scammers

Associated Press 01.30.04
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutch police have arrested 52 people suspected of defrauding gullible Internet users in one of the largest busts of the infamous 'Nigerian e-mail' scam.

Also known as an 'advance fee' or '419' scheme, the scammers sent spam e-mails asking for help in transferring a large sum of money out of a politically or economically troubled country, in exchange for a generous percentage.

Robert Meulenbroek, spokesman for the Amsterdam prosecutor's office, said the ring broken this week had reaped millions of euros. Recent victims included people from the United States, Japan, England, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

A task force of 80 officers raided 23 apartments, seizing computers, fake passports and 50,000 euros ($62,000) in cash. One suspect was injured attempting to escape by leaping from a third-floor apartment, he said.

The detainees were not identified under Dutch privacy rules, but most were believed to be Nigerian, police said.

2010-03-16, 05:24:03   (updated: 2010-03-16, 05:29:27)
Miss Marple from Sweden  
Identity theft on facebook is more common these days obviously it is not the first time i hear that scammers do this, so the question is how safe are you on the internet and how safe is facebook ? facebook is an community for staying in contact with friends ,and that commuity is now also an danger ,the scammers are everwhere,just BEWARE and be carefull !!

Cecile was nearly the victim of what All Facebook calls, The Western Union Scam, “I’ve Been Robbed! Western Union Me Money!”
“You’re browsing around Facebook and suddenly one of your friends instant messages (IM) you to tell you that they’re stuck in another country, they’ve been robbed, don’t have a wallet, and need money to get out of the country. It’s a horrible situation but what are the odds that they found a computer to log on to in order to instant message you? Even worse, what are the odds that one of your friends who was traveling abroad got robbed and wasn’t able to find anybody to help them out?”

Cecile said she was browsing and received a message she thought was legitimate because it had her friend’s photo and address. The message was that the friend and family was in London and they had been mugged and robbed.

Cecile wondered what they were doing in London, Arkansas. The message sender then related that all they had were their passports. At that point Cecile said she became suspicous because she knew that the person was in Springdale just two days earlier. She decided to play along and while continuing to communicate on Facebook she text messaged other friends by phone to confirm that the people in question were not in London, England.

The main reason for the message was that the senders wanted Cecile to wire $550 to an unidentifiable email address. No telephone numbers or physical addresses were given.

Cecile said she reported the incident to both the Sheriff’s Office and to the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, but there is nothing those agencies can do.

“Most of the times that this happens, it is a scammer who has stolen your friend’s account and is systematically going through and IMing each of their friends to try and get money wired to them. Don’t fall for it!” All Facebook warns.

2010-03-16, 14:31:59
Slyfox from United Kingdom  

Again something else to remember if Miss Marple or Dirk hasn't already, Postcode in Nigeria....


This is always used, whether it is a hotel, somebody's home address...etc... always but always watch out for this postcode!!! Let it be a big RED ALERT!

And NEVER, NEVER send any money!

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2010-03-16, 18:45:43
Miss Marple from Sweden  

Good point and an good advice !! It is an good scammer sign indeed ,so ladys please when you are out there on the internet and online if you have connections to somebody who has somekind of connection to Nigeria,Ghana,Senegal and Ivorycoast please be carefull !!I can say with almost 100% that is an scam! if you talk to someone from these West-African countries.And that postal number 23401 is good to have as an reminder when you talking someone .

A 23401 Zip Code. You may see this code listed on the dating websites. The number is taken from the telephone code—234—for Nigeria. But the Zip Code 23401 is actually in Keller, Va.

Articles about 23401 postal number :




2010-03-16, 19:36:10
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  
zip code for Surulere Lagos Nigeria is 23401


Some examples of scammers using this postcode:





Internet fraud. Education is the best defence, please warn your friends.

2010-03-16, 21:35:09
OJAS from United States  
Some scammers have a network of overseas accomplices for Western Union collection

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2010-03-17, 05:34:18   (updated: 2010-03-17, 05:36:31)
Miss Marple from Sweden  
Not only the West-African men scams women on the internet ................
Be carefull who you are talking to on the dating sites!!

Greenburgh scammer stole $140K from Web-service dates
WHITE PLAINS - Authorities say Solomon Jesus Nasser was the ultimate Internet dating Lothario - telling women via and other social networking sites that he was a multimillionaire, a Department of Defense official, a confidant of former President George W. Bush and a Navy admiral who had commanded forces in Iraq.
Those are just a few of the tales this 57-year-old Greenburgh man told established professional women before convincing them to 'loan' him nearly $140,000, prosecutors said. He was arraigned today on a five count indictment charging him with multiple felonies.

'Soon after meeting the women, he would explain to them that he was currently in a dire financial state and that he and his ex-wife were in a contentious battle over child support or he had been sued' and that 'either way, the court had frozen all his assets and he did not have money to live day-to-day,' Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said.

Nasser allegedly scammed these woman over a nearly three year period, from July 2005 to March 2008, trolling Internet dating sites, including, looking for his victims, she said.


2010-03-17, 06:21:39
Miss Marple from Sweden  
When you are out the on the Datingsites look always on the profiles !!

1.The photos are always stolen from modellagencys as
the scammers steels photos from Facebook,My space ,Pornsites and pictures they have recieved from earlier victims.Have an critical look on the photos,does it look like that is proffessional taken?Does the person look like an modell?

2.When you read the profiles scammers uses in common that He /she is honest ,caring and loving ,theire proffessions are usually constructors,engineers , businessmen ore antique dealers.Age ,race ,color ore religion doesnt matter.

Remember scammers dont care how you look like if you are older ore younger they only care for your wallet !!

Ghanaian Online Dating Scammer Thomas Gabriel (gabby4u).

pretend to come from: United States/Kentucky/Louisville

My name is Thomas Gabriel from USA. I am a responsible young man with a good sense of humor and also with a fear of God. I am 38 years old single-never married. My hobbies are sports, music, reading, e.t.c.
I am searching for my life partner. She must be responsible, honest, caring and above all with a good sense of humor. Age, religion or nationality is not a case sensitive, provided I found a true love in you.



2010-03-17, 10:53:30
OJAS from United States  
Some Boris articles may also apply to Mugus, when the context is general. With some modifications, they can be adapted, for example to male scammers.
2010-03-17, 13:52:30
ww from Japan  
I respect you,Miss Marple !!!

Great job and I appreciate,thanks.
2010-03-17, 19:44:36   (updated: 2010-03-17, 19:51:20)
OJAS from United States  
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2010-03-18, 09:32:45   (updated: 2010-03-18, 09:33:53)
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  

Beware of Fraud: 'MUSHIN, LAGOS 23401'



2010-03-18, 09:53:31
Miss Marple from Sweden  
Another good sign that you are talking to an scammer is when they starts to ask for money and to transfer through Western Union..........NEVER EVER SEND MONEY TO AN STRANGER.........!!!!!

The Western Union Money Transfer service is a great way to send money to people you know and trust.

It isn't intended to send money to someone you don't know.
Western Union doesn't provide an escrow service and isn't responsible for the quality or non-receipt of any goods or services.
Sending money using a fictitious receiver name won't protect you when doing business with a stranger. Don't do it.
Where available, the “Test Question” feature is designed for emergency situations where the receiver will not have proper identification. It should never be used as additional security to time or delay payment of a transaction.
With few exceptions, Money Transfer Control Numbers (MTCNs) are not required to pick up money. If someone tells you differently, check with Western Union directly.
If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.





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