However much you send, you will never see the money again.Taking advantage of the "dangerous" perception of Africa, scammers often create elaborate fake kidnap plans.Gregor was lucky to escape with the help of the Canadian Embassy.

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Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.

You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.

Yes, this one definitely pulls on the heart strings because you will obviously want to do something to help but don't fall for it because it is simply a way to play on people's emotions and then scam money from them.

While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.

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To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below.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.The money extracted from victims in North America, Europe and Australia translates to huge fortunes for the scammers who are willing to put weeks or months of work into getting a good payout. Many scammers are well educated and all are heartless so read on for common African online dating scams and protect yourself. You might be interacting with a man, say, "William Jones" from USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.The victim will cash this order and send the money through an irreversible process such as wiring with Western Union as instructed by the scammer.A few days or weeks later their bank calls, informing the victim the money orders were fraudulent and that they are responsible for the amounts owing. You come across a profile of a young, attractive woman on an online dating site or maybe she contacts you.It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.