Whatever creative, captivating and greed inducing story you read know this: it's a scam.However much you send, you will never see the money again.

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Supposedly named after a defunct piece of Nigerian Law the 419 scam has been operating in various incarnations for years.

The basic idea is that you're contacted by someone who has access to large sums of money and wishes to move them through your bank account.

If the victim agrees they will receive money orders that have been bought for a small fee, such as $20, and doctored to read hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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.

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.

They are consequently kidnapped and you will be asked to urgently send them some ransom money to help them get out of the messy situation.

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.

a business trip or to visit his child in a Nigerian boarding school or even a safari.

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

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?