If you are over 40, recently divorced, a widow, elderly or disabled then all the better in his eyes.Scammers are adept at psychological profiling, and use any weakness they find to their advantage.The scammer will contact you out of the blue by email, letter, text message or through social media.
Sometimes they are on their way to meet you and the misfortune happens right in the airport. They will even allow you to keep some percentage of it. It will bounce few weeks later and you will have to return all money back to the bank.
NO woman with good intentions (and of course NO REAL MAN!!!! They will send you the check, ask to cash for them and send them money WU.
Once they profess their love and you return it, they know they have you hooked and the money scam falls into place.
At this point they may either talk about needing money for plane tickets to come and see you (of course they will pay you back, they have the money, and often will offer proof that they do have it) and one of the many excuses is because they can't cash their check in Nigeria;the check is late; or it is coming any minute.
Of course, when you go to the airport to pick them up, they never show, and while you are crying and upset, they either call and tell you they had missed the plane, there was a problem with their paperwork and weren't allowed to leave the country, or a sudden illness/accident occurred!
They do all kind of things there: engineers working in oil industry, contractors building bridges and roads, businessmen buying and selling antiques, nurses, models, taking care of a sick parent, etc.. The UK phone numbers starting with 4470 are ALWAYS a redirect.
In truth though, all they are looking for your MONEY.
The Nigerian relationship scammers are a big business, which is very lucrative, and is run just like a business.
There is an office filled with people, who come to work to scam you out of your money.
They operate with scripts, fake documents to use as "proof" and use each other to answer the phone or call you when need be.
It has been described on millions of sites, millions of times. you discover they are “presently” in Africa, but will be back home in few weeks. They use phone numbers with the US area-codes, but in reality it is a redirect to Africa.