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“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.

“But, then, he told me he had lost his job, was laid off, and that he was in need.

The scam may take the form of asking you to cash a check for them through your bank account because they are "out of the country" and unable to cash it themselves, or they may come right out and ask you to send money to help them out of a fabricated "financial difficulty" they claim to be experiencing.

“You never think you can become a victim until it happens to you,” Meade said.

“But, with as many people as there are online, the Internet is ripe with people these scam men can sucker into their scheme.” Each year, thousands of men and women use the online chat forums and messaging apps to meet potential dates and perhaps, potential spouses.

But, while the person on the other end of your messaging app might seem legitimate, how can you tell?

One of the longest running scams by mail and the Internet, the Nigerian '419' scam (named after the section of the Nigerian code dealing with financial fraud schemes), alleges a wealthy business owner or government official needs help transferring millions of dollars out of his country in exchange for a percentage of the funds for your help.

Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.

It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.

ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.

In reality, the scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.

It's estimated that the scam, which has been around for at least 20 years, costs victims a hundred million dollars annually.

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