While online dating sites work hard to eliminate scammers from their sites, unfortunately some continue to be very deceptive and get past the fraud checks so it is important to be aware of what a potential scammer might attempt to do.

The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.

The stories may range from a businessman having an accident while in Nigeria for work to a helpless woman being stranded in Ghana; from asking for charity donations for Africa to a family member having a brain hemorrhage while in Africa.

At the end of the day they all have the same basic plot – there is an emergency and won’t you please send them some money?

Rest assured, once you do send the money that is the last you will hear of them and your money.

Nigeria and Ghana are notorious for their scammers and hence most people probably wouldn’t pursue a relationship with someone from one of these countries.

These scammers are well aware of this and therefore often pretend to be from the USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.They often communicate with you for weeks and months so you think you are getting to know them better while it is actually all part of their master plan.This is a common ploy used by Russian and Filipino scammers to rob you off your money.The general storyline is she will want to come visit you but does not have enough money and will ask you to send her money to help pay for the plane ticket and/or visa.Once you do send the money however, it is unlikely that the visit will ever actually materialize.