Why are there so many African scammers on dating sites?

I have seen many West African women who are actually men posing as women and trying to lure men on dating sites. They befriend you and then with some sob story, ask you for money. They write the line "remember age, color and distance does not matter".


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Most Helpful Girl

  • They are on dating sites as well as employment sites. Basically, they have access to a large amount of lonely, desperate, and vulnerable people so they try to get money out of them. And actually, they aren't all from Africa but many claim to be because they think it will make people feel more sorry for them.

    On employment sites, they run a scam where they contact job seekers and offer them an amazing job...that needs an overhead fee of course. They say you need to pay to show commitment and that they'll reimburse you. But the check they send you is counterfeit and will bounce, causing the banks to get pretty upset.

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    • Thanks for BA!

What Girls Said 4

  • Yeah, some west African countries do that, it's called 419. That's why you should only go to TRUSTED dating sites like match.com or eharmony, otherwise the other sites (which for the most part look sketchy and fake), are most likely filled with viruses, scammers, trojans, etc.

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  • They know there will always to naive fools that will snagged the bait

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  • Uhm.. What dating sites are these exactly?o.o

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  • Because they want money and dumbasses will give it to them.

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What Guys Said 4

  • Anything to rip you off, someone has thought of it and done it. There's always new ways to get your money from you. No different from sites that employ men posing as women to give you a misleading feeling that someone really wants you. NO different from insurance scammers, loan sharks, criminal organizations, politicians and bad women...it's all about money. Nobody cares how they get it from you, it's your responsibility not to fall for all these scams. We all know this is practically impossible but there it is.

    Why Africans? Simple: cheap labor. Started with the Latinos, later moved to Asians. Now it's Africans. After them, then who? Probably back to Americans because we would be so impoverished, people would do anything for a job. Don't blame president Obama, he doesn't control the private industry's methods of making money.

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    • Many of them pose as Africans to make people feel bad for them apparently. So they are from many places. Obama? Well, he does control the private sector by being really strict with them and imposing laws/taxes...and in some cases giving them corporate welfare. He loves bail outs. So he's all up in the private sector.

  • It's profitable, so they do it.

    You see it as a scam, so you don't fall for it. People want to make money. It happens.

    What I don't get is why there are a bunch of female accounts on this site that are clearly using stolen FB pictures. I don't see them trying to make money... maybe its just to have a laugh? Maybe they are trying to "catch a predator"? Never did find out the real reason...

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  • those men seem to know people's characters so much. so they know how to trick them to steal their money. first, they download pictures of random girls/women from google and use them as their personal photos. create fake profiles.

    they don't just trap men. they also trap women. its just they use different methods.

    if they want to trap men, they pretend to be women who are sweet, innocent, nice, but have rough life. and of course they ask for money. and the men expect to see more of their pictures. so to make them active members and feel happy, they donate their money to them.

    if they want to trap women, they pretend to be ex-soldiers who lost one/some parts of their bodies in Iraq or Afghan wars and need donations. all they need is to say sweet and sad words to get sympathy and money.

    of course they can use PayPal or something so nobody knows their true identities.

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    • Yea. Or I've heard of some of them playing on greed by saying their family was royalty and killed...and that they will share it with you if you give them some banking fee. Its all bs. They will try anything. Just don't give up your money

  • Why? You just answered your own question. It is for money

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