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.
Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.
Gregor was lucky to escape with the help of the Canadian Embassy.
They might say that someone has died leaving millions or they might be a corrupt government official draining federal funds and they want to share this unbelievable fortune with you.
All they need is a sum of your money to get things rolling or to cover bank fees.
It could be a scammer, often a man, using photos downloaded from the internet in the hope of sucking in as many victims as possible.
Criminal Investigation Command special agents continue to receive numerous reports from victims located around the world regarding various scams of persons impersonating U. Once victims are hooked, the criminals continue their ruse.