Variations of these include them needing surgery they can’t afford, treatment for their son’s brain tumor or you may even get a call from someone pretending to be a doctor telling you your partner has been in a serious accident and you need to send money so they can start treatment.Sometimes, the scams are long and stretched out with the scammers attempting to get as much money out of you as possible by cooking up a variety of medical complications.This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.So say you have been duped by a Nigerian scammer and you contact the Nigerian police for help.You might get an email apparently from the Nigerian police telling you they have closed in on the scammer and need a payment from you before they can arrest him.The money could be cash, gold bullion, blood diamonds, gold dust, checks etc.The sums usually run up to millions of dollars with the victim being promised a huge chunk of it for their "help".
While the stories may vary slightly, the general plot then talks of a person (usually a corrupt government employee) who has come across a large sum of money and needs your assistance to get the funds out of the country.
Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.
They often communicate with you for weeks and months so you think you are getting to know them better while it is actually all part of their master plan.
These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.
You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.