Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.
They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.
While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.
It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.
Instead he met twelve men armed with machetes who held him captive, demanding ransom.
Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.Some scammers claim to be North American, European or Australian citizens working in an African nation such as Ghana, Nigeria or based in Lagos.The story goes that they are paid in money orders but are having trouble cashing them; could you please cash the orders and wire the money to Nigeria?They might say that someone has died leaving millions or they might be a corrupt government official draining federal funds and they want to share this unbelievable fortune with you.All they need is a sum of your money to get things rolling or to cover bank fees.