This is an extreme case of online dating scamming but should serve as a wake up call to all online daters; do you really know who is on the other end of that email or phone?
Of course millions of people have flown across countries and continents to find the loves of their life but it's important to keep personal safety in mind.
Remember the golden rule - NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE.
While most African singles looking for a date online are genuine, it cannot be denied that many online dating scams originate in African nations such as Nigeria, Ghana or Ivory Coast due to the low per capita income, high rates of unemployment, high rates of corruption and ineffective policing in these areas.
All they need is a sum of your money to get things rolling or to cover bank fees.Taking advantage of the "dangerous" perception of Africa, scammers often create elaborate fake kidnap plans.Again, they pretend to be someone from a Western country, visiting Nigeria or Ghana for some reason.You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.It's a scam, don't send a cent, cease contact and report the scammer.
The trend has led to thousands of mobile applications.