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People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.
If you are contacted by somebody using these pictures on a dating site or a social network, you are being scammed.
Often photos of unknown African actresses will be used to lure the victim into believing they are talking to that person.
Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered.
Scammers prey on the victim's false sense of a relationship to lure them into sending money.
In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports of more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.
Unlike a gold digger, who marries for money, a pro-dater is not necessarily single or available in real life.
Military public relations often post information on soldiers without mentioning their families or personal lives, so images are stolen from these websites by organized Internet crime gangs often operating out of Nigeria or Ghana.
These scammers tell their victims they are lonely, or supporting an orphanage with their own money, or needing financial assistance because they can not access their own money in a combat zone, etc.
The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.
Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.