So, I did what I would have done for any man I was invested in like that.
I gave him the money.” But, while Walter had fallen on hard times, a Nigerian man thousands of miles away was making a killing as part of an operation of scammers who target men and women into romantic relationships only to leave them high and dry.
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.
These are all lies used to try to make them easy money from an unsuspecting victim.
This is the photo gallery of pictures that are most frequently used in scams.
These pictures have been abused by scammers for many years, and in spite of warnings on many scamlists, they STILL keep resurfacing over and over again.
In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.
Grab a bottle of Winc’s Far & Wide Frappato, sharpen your knives, report your missing mother, and tune in for Dismemberment Crimes.
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.
People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.
If you are contacted by somebody using these pictures on a dating site or a social network, you are being scammed.