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.
They also tend to target middle-aged people looking for stable relationships.
Then they convince their soul mates to bank them into their bank account and then wire them the money via Western Union.
They are often told to keep some of the money for their trouble [which helps to build trust and also helps make them an accessory to the crime! After a few weeks the bank will advise the Money Orders are fraudulent and then the victim is responsible for paying the money back to the bank, and in some cases face charges of passing counterfeit instrument.
They also use many aliases, emails, photos, gender, age and sexual orientation in order to cast their net to catch as many victims as possible.
Often the scammers use attractive female photo profiles because lots of men will respond to an attractive woman's personal ad based on the photo alone.
Why couldn’t these same people see me for who I am? Why was I being treated as a social outcast for not having that wedding ring on my finger? I’m surrounded by people who love me to the core of my existence. You can follow her on Instagram at @alakshya or read more of her stories online.
The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.Then I moved abroad to finish up my final quarter of college and then to Bombay to discover my roots. I cried the first night, but then the next day, I felt like a weight had been lifted. Why don’t you join a group that focuses on social justice — it’s a great place to meet men because of the shared values? I wanted to show these same people who were passing judgments that I was trying to put my best foot forward by being proactive. Somehow all of the prospects ended up being South Asian men (though I don’t have a preference).In all my adventures around the world, I kept thinking I’d bump into my perfect Prince Charming just walking down the street, at the airport, or on the train. Instead I was forced to navigate the world of creeps. Why don’t you join a social meet up club — you’ll meet someone who shares similar hobbies? Almost all of these dates were awful and most never went past the first “date.” It’s been about seven months since my last date. In all this time to myself, I’ve: I’ve adopted a policy: If marriage happens, great.A few men, who were old enough to be my dad, would invite me to their homes for an afternoon delight. Why don’t you try a few online dating apps — so many people have met their partners there? Can you organize a religious ritual to appease the Gods that are preventing you from getting married? You’re already so old, the longer you wait, the fewer men will want you. If marriage doesn’t happen, then I’m not a failure in life.One actually followed me home because I (accidentally) gave him a friendly smile as I was leaving the train station. S., I promised myself I wouldn’t Bollywoodize my life. Along with these suggestions came the stigmas attached with being confident, financially secure, and independent. As infuriating as each of these interactions were, I had to put a smile on my face and say, “Yes, I’m trying and I’m looking.” Or, “If you rush me to get married, then I might end up marrying someone who’s abusive and not supportive, then what am I supposed to do? I have traveled to eleven different countries, some all by myself. (But as I write this post, I have received a phone call and email from a family member saying I need to try online dating again because the fact that I’m not married is causing a lot of concern within the family.) Anjali is a wannabe cultural anthropologist who loves reading a great story, urban and rural adventures, and appreciates unedited photography.They then spend months chatting up and luring their naive targets with online intimacy.