The Hook Hers For Online Romance Scams From West Africa
I know, I know, I know. It defies logic. Makes little sense, yet, many men looking for love and romance via many online romance sites are duped because they simply are not aware there are such low-life humans willing to play on one's emotions to get money. It is sick. It is sick even more if the beautiful woman is actually a man. But, that could and probably is the reality for many men in the USA and Europe who unknowingly fall for such a woman. If its too good to be true, it probably is a scam. The men who fall simply do not know that the photos they see online are actually from some of the soft porn's hottest babes. The most popular images are stolen from these model's own websites. The photos selected are not the xxx variety but quite the opposite, they are the more normal shots and poses that a model would do. That a normal person would take.
The men who fall for them might be taken for some money before suspicion hits them, or they may think that immediately, yet, their attention is diverted as the texting increases and turns to the romance side. They may ask some personal questions about sex related topics just to "hook" you more. A victim may recognize all the signs of a scam, yet find it hard to pull away because of the "chance" it might be real. One never knows, right? There is that remote possibility, right? It is that type of thinking that nags you and so when a request for a small amount of money happens, despite all the warning alarms going on in your mind, you come back to, "there is a chance, right?". Meanwhile, the scammer is texting you for the need and how time is short. If you can't send the amount they want, they will barter with you and ask, "How much can you send?" . Just saying "No" will not end it usually. They will say they understand at first but will try again.
Let's be real. Why would the most popular xxx models do this from West Africa, namely, Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon and a few others? They all have their own fan base in the USA via their own websites that men can join. They don't need to go to Africa to scam men. Why would such white woman go to black Africa? They wouldn't, but, the men seeing their photos on Match or whatever, do not realize this is stolen identity. They most likely have no clue who the leading soft porn models are. These men, then, swallow the bait, even while thinking, "it is to good too be true". Truth is, very few white people are in West Africa unless they are with NGO's, such as, UNICEF or USAID, or other foreign companies. It is true, that some natives in that area are "mulato", or do have light skin, making them look more Spanish descent or brown. But, even they are small in numbers. The odds that the person the victim is texting with, in one of these countries, is a man, is high. Many West African men do this due to lack of work, but women also do this.
So, who are the most popular soft porn models that scammers steal photos from and post with their profile on romance sites? While there are many places to steal photos from, the most overused models are:
- Ann Angel
- Nikki Sims
- Raven Riley
There are many more, but West African scammers and others frequently will use stolen photos from all three, but by far Ann Angel and Nikki Sims are the most stolen and used. Ann Angel has a very large catalog of photos that scammers can access simply by subscribing to her website at ann-angel.com. They steal what they like including videos. Of course, the photos they select are the non-X rated ones. Some scambuster sites state that Nikki is from Ghana. According to her own website (nikkisims.com), she is a native to Illinois, she has a child, and has only left Illinois once! Of course, these same sites state that Ann Angel lives in Ghana also, which is not true. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. Lia lives in Arizona and uses the money from her website, Lia19.com, to pay for college.
With over 100 popular porn stars on the Internet, the West Africans can pick and choose their photos and create a online profile on popular romance sites. The victim should do their own research before getting in too deep. Use either Tin Eye or images.google.com to determine if a photo has been used on the web before and where. First, you must capture it and save it, however. Visit scam warning websites. Google the name on the profile. You can track their IP address to see where it originated from. You can check the email address to see where if came from. Do a reverse phone number search, although many scammers use VOip, allowing them to talk to you over high speed internet. You can demand a webcam or Skype live session, if they say no, be suspicious. You can do this as you text one another and you should start to verify what they tell you. As time goes on, their stories may no longer be the same or contradict one another. You may hear the same reason why they need money again. They may become angry with you if you frustrate them with questions and more questions. They may threaten to stop the romance to get you to send money. If their story sounds odd or makes little sense, argue in a logical manner. Some may ask you to open a line of credit at a local bank for some business goal, just don't, but you can argue with them about what is required. They may say that their credit card is frozen because the bank suspects fraud and they have no other source for money while in a foreign country. Tell them to go to their embassy for emergency assistance. They will plea with you for some money to pay for a room or Internet, send you more photos (usually of Ann Angel). Just resist, just resist. If you fail to resist, then, send the least amount they want to placate them. Ask to see the signed receipt of the wire transfer. Make sure the signature matches the person's name you are chatting with. Ask for them to send you a photo ID or driver's license. If you receive a passport, send it to the embassy for verification. You can do this all online if you research.
Of course, way back in the recesses of your mind a little voice continues to whisper, "Is this real, maybe there is a chance that THIS is real", despite the warning the signs and indications that the odds are stacked against you. Do you continue to take that chance or not? Will you be able to just cut it off?