Postal inspector Steve Korinko says scammers use American phone books and special computer programs that pull up e-mail addresses to find their next victims.
A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
Before that, he used to hang out with nomadic cow-herding kids, children who sell bottled water by the roadside, and budding scam artists.
Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.
However, we want to make sure you’re aware of all of these celebrity scam tricks.
Brian says many times scammers ask their "mark" to send money to them in order to help someone in need—or help them transfer huge sums of money. Nigerian con artists aren't just targeting e-mail accounts.
But Michael* also grew up a "street boy," meaning he was able to make fast friends in the slum villages and farming communities we visited.
He put himself through college, and after working as a Nigerian soap opera actor and door-to-door men's clothing salesman, he clawed his way into journalism.
And, of course, many celebrity-linked events and promotions are genuine.
Just make sure you check them out in detail, especially before parting with money. Let’s not forget, either, that some stars are great scammers themselves.