usually involves this scheme: the scammers upload fake attractive photos, in most cases of white people.
They pretend to be the foreign specialists working in Nigeria or Ghana (usually originally from US and UK, but it may also be Canada, Australia or any other European country).
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.
After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.
The multi-market Telenor survey assessed 400 internet users aged 18 – 65 in Malaysia, India, Singapore and Thailand and was conducted to provide better understanding of the common online scamming methods.
The results additionally gathered the best prevention methods from experienced users, in order for netizens in Malaysia to gain more insight.
Almost a quarter had experienced Internet auction fraud, where they purchase an item online and never receive it.
And finally, Malaysians were also victims of online dating scams, where a scammer creates a fake profile on an online dating site to elicit money.
A further 46% of Malaysian respondents saying they know a friend or family member who has been scammed online.
Of those who have been subject to an online scam in Malaysia, 6-in-10 have lost money, with the average financial loss per person equivalent to RM7,050 (00 USD).
Never re-ship anything for strangers, especially to Africa.