They all begin with some hook.
It can be frustratingly difficult to convince victims of romance scams that they are being scammed because their emotions are all tangled up in the scam.
Phone scam This is the variation of the old phone scam: the person asks you to call them, and when you do, you get a bill in the mail for hundreds of dollars 1900 number.
After a time spent talking and getting to know one another, the so-called soldier may ask for money for various and sometimes plausible reasons.
When things get a little bit more serious, the scammer may ask the victim to send them things that could later be used against the victim.
The people may list themselves as being from Nigeria, or any other African country.