Scammer using Charles Moore name from Coffee Meets Bagel We chatted for 2 months before I realized I was talking to a scammer.

He supposedly was from Orlando (though his profile said he went to school in Miami), …

They ask if their soul mate can re-ship them to Nigeria.

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They also lurk in chat rooms and social networking sites as well as Christian and other religious-based dating sites.

They then spend months chatting up and luring their naive targets with online intimacy.

They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!

However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.

The reasons for needing the money will sound plausible.

Regardless of the series of mishaps, the end result is the same - the cyber soul mate is asked to send money!

They are often told to keep some of the money for their trouble [which helps to build trust and also helps make them an accessory to the crime! After a few weeks the bank will advise the Money Orders are fraudulent and then the victim is responsible for paying the money back to the bank, and in some cases face charges of passing counterfeit instrument.

Sometimes the scammer purchases goods with stolen credit cards but have trouble getting them delivered as many US merchants are now wary of shipping to Nigeria.

They often pretend to be foreign specialists [from the US, UK or Canada, but can be any European country]temporarily working in Nigeria or other African country.