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RSN™ Special Report: African Marriage ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

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Another form of romance scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. is the “Gambian” style marriage scam

Needless to say, many Western men and women actually go to Africa to meet the person they met online. These are not your traditional romance scam, but in a way are just as insidious with fall more dangerous consequences for the victims, including being held hostage!

They go to Africa to meet their idea mate, only to find out it was all a fake relationship and fake marriage.    Eventually, they discovered the truth. Unfortunately, they had to hit rock bottom to get there. Some discovered it before they were legally married, some after. Those who discovered it after paid the full price!

Why? Because Of The Money!

Why? Because Of The Money!

In Africa, a spouse can prevent the other from leaving the country. In effect, the man or women that went there for love becomes a virtual prisoner and has to buy their freedom.

Gambia, Senegal, and the Guineas seem to be the center of this activity. In fact, they are called “Gambian Cheaters”

If they stay together and make it back the marriages almost always end once the residency papers have been granted assuring the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.’s ability to remain.

Of course, this is not unique to Africa, it happens everywhere in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. It takes more than an online romance to know a person.

We have withheld the names of these victims out of respect, but this is a lesson too important not to share.

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