The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .Some of the sophisticated scammers send cheap presents such as flowers or candy [from stolen credit cards] to capture the hearts of lonely women. They either advise that their employer pays them with Money Orders and they can't cash them in Nigeria or are having trouble cashing them.Then they convince their soul mates to bank them into their bank account and then wire them the money via Western Union.
James Stefan claims he is an architect working on hotel in Lagos Nigeria but is Romanian and moved to US 2012 Do not fall for it. QUESTIONABLE NIGERIAN DATING SCAM FROM JENNS or JOHANNES HUGO So I was contacted by this person "Jenns", who goes by the moniker LONELYDAD1960 on Nigerian Dating Scam - Andrea Neil Tonelli - same profile picture on Facebook under Fabrizio Tonelli I received a friend request from Andrea Neil Tonelli the day after I joined a closed Facebook group called Pitlove. SHAWN W GEORGE / DEA Agent to CEO-Atlantic Global Limited SCAMMER!
They often pretend to be foreign specialists [from the US, UK or Canada, but can be any European country]temporarily working in Nigeria or other African country.
A slight twist is is when the scammer pretends to live in the same country as the victim, and once a relationship has developed, then advise they are required to go to a west African country on an assignment.
The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.
The Nigerian dating scams are often not easy to detect as the scammers are often highly educated, have exceptional patience and they do their homework!
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.