Needless to say, the Nigerian uses a false identity and the commission fee is lost for ever.
American sources warn of the danger of accepting any invitation to visit Nigeria offered by these villains.
They have been known to manufacture exit problems so that the mark can be pressured to hand over money as a condition of being allowed to leave Nigeria.
Never let these people have your bank account and personal contact details.
The circumstances that drive various 'catfishers' to fabricate entire lives and social circles differ greatly, but what ties them together in each episode is the satisfaction they claim to get out of having total control over the way that others perceive them.
They used to fax but they have now discovered e-mail and can reach more potential marks.
As ridiculous as these approaches seem, innocent people occasionally fall for them.
Angela said she was lonely and enjoyed the personal connection that the scam provided her.
Schulman was shocked and humiliated, but he also described feeling sad for Wesselman.