"Be aware of classified buyers and sellers especially anyone offering a cashiers check over the asking price and requesting you send the extra funds to Nigeria or another country.Ensure you are positive the buyer or seller is who they say they are."Scams in the internet dating world are rampant.Another person approaches and claims the wallet belongs to him, then accuses the tourist of trying to steal it.The two scammers then either threaten to call the police unless the tourist pays them not to get the police involved, or they ask to see the visitor’s money to prove s/he didn’t steal theirs.The majority of these scams are out of Russia and Ukraine, with some out of the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.Nigeria, Ghana and the Philippines have recently jumped on the bandwagon.They called these cons "Yahoo" jobs, pronounced Ya-OO."We go on the internet…We start making friend with you," Danjuma says, explaining that they trawl Facebook and dating websites incessantly, looking for lonely women with money to spare.
Though they lie for a living, Sheye insisted, "We are telling you the fact and the truth." Sheye and Danjuma have a name for the advance-fee email scams, in which victims agree to to send money to a stranger, banking on the promise of love or fast money.He put himself through college, and after working as a Nigerian soap opera actor and door-to-door men's clothing salesman, he clawed his way into journalism.Before that, he used to hang out with nomadic cow-herding kids, children who sell bottled water by the roadside, and budding scam artists.I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. As a newswire reporter focused on the terrorist group Boko Haram, he was able to provide crucial context for my story.But Michael* also grew up a "street boy," meaning he was able to make fast friends in the slum villages and farming communities we visited.The visitor is often taken to a dimly lit back room and given a menu with small print.