Photographs for dating sites
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.
They will send you the Money Orders or checks and ask you to deposit them into your bank account and then wire the money to them via Western Union.
These goods are purchased with stolen credit cards.
Never re-ship anything for strangers, especially to Africa.
Usually they say to keep some money for your trouble.
The antique portrait shown above came to me recently in an unmarked box of vintage photos left behind by my grandmother more than 25 years ago.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).Recently there are also Nigerian scams originating from Malaysia, China, India, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, Egypt, as that's where Nigerians are located since they can easily get to these countries without visas or on the student visas.There is a reason why online merchants usually don't ship there.There are also military scams (for God Sake, there are NO American Generals browsing dating sites and NO military man will EVER ask you for money.