But there are unifying themes: You may have received emails in your inbox with strange, unsolicited business proposals, perhaps asking you for help moving money in or out of Nigeria.
Money that was over-invoiced, or left in a will unclaimed.
This is the one scam you are almost certain to come across if you do online dating for any length of time, sorry to say.
This scam is also known as AFF or Advanced Fee Fraud, and it comes in many shapes and sizes.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.