He's hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance.
If you are over 40, recently divorced, a widow, elderly or disabled then all the better in his eyes.
The Nigerian dating scams target the lonely and vulnerable.
The most common comment of victims who think they have found the love of their life is "I can't believe I was so stupid!
The scammers start by stealing a photo from an internet site.
This is not a complete list, and we will add to it constantly.
You or someone you know may be dating this person online right now. No matter how good they sound, things aren't what they appear to be.
In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he's used many times before.
Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.
It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.
They exchanged messages and she even spoke several times on the phone to a man claiming to be her online date.