Scammers change names, identities, the photos they steal and use more often than most of us change our underwear.
There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.
Scammers will pose under the disguise of beautiful pictures as either male or female claiming to be from the United States.
The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.
Learn how these scams work so you can protect yourself. Run just like any "for profit" organization, there is a hierarchy and an organizational structure: the peons, the managers, the big bosses, the pimp daddies. There may be times when they have forgotten what you talked about before or call you a different name.
This is why they are always on the computer and at times it seems you are talking to different people.
Scammers know victims might be aware of this and is one of the reasons why they almost immediately begin calling the victim their husband or wife.
Romance scammers are in this for one purpose only . Because of the easy money made from victims, scammers are well-to-do respected business men/women who quit their "normal" day jobs. They have a script to follow, just like telemarketers. When they are gone from the computers for any amount of time they are either looking up information in order to answer you or are consulting with a more experienced member of their "team".
Internet cafes are shut down to normal business so scammers can do "their jobs". Most households in West Africa and other third world countries cannot afford them nor can they afford the cost of a monthly connection. They take time to respond to you because they are talking to other people.
When they aren't, you have agreed to personally make them good.
Scammers are on dating sites, and social networks setting up fake profiles.