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The photos are usually of beautiful people and the quality of the photo is high.
The photos are usually stolen from modeling sites with reports that 90% of them are being taken from Focus Hawaii.
Often the scammers use attractive female photo profiles because lots of men will respond to an attractive woman's personal ad based on the photo alone.
They also tend to target middle-aged people looking for stable relationships.
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 reasons for needing the money will sound plausible.
Regardless of the series of mishaps, the end result is the same - the cyber soul mate is asked to send money!
They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .
Petroleum / Oil Rig engineer - Denver / Poland Using the name Evan Gilmore, claiming to be 50 yr old divorced single father with son 14, daughter 17 living in Denver, grew up in Florida. James Edmund, DOB 12/9/1978, Dutch, Mechanical Engineer Oil Rig Miami Tries to groom you to start off with followed by trying to induce empathy because he cannot cash a cheque for his two weeks job on an oil rig as his work …