male pictures most frequently used by African scammers.

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Everything they say will be fake – they’ll have a fake backstory, family, friends and job.

Often they’re scamming more than one person at a time because they can make a lot of money out of these scams.

Scammers change names, identities, the photos they steal and use more often than most of us change our underwear.

There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.

We’ve had cases of romance scams reported to us where people have lost substantial amounts of money – ranging from a few hundred dollars, through to more than $2 million.

It can be difficult to understand how this can happen, but it’s important to remember that these scammers spend a lot of time and energy to build a relationship online, and can make the relationship seem very real.

The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.

The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.

For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.

So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.

When they aren't, you have agreed to personally make them good.