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Usually they say to keep some money for your trouble.Needless to say, those Money Orders or checks are no good, and not even worth the paper they're printed on.After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.They will send you the Money Orders or checks and ask you to deposit them into your bank account and then wire the money to them via Western Union.Then there is a recovery scam - a scammer recontacting you pretending to be FBI, EFCC or any other authority, telling he can help you recover your money... And finaly there is a "stuck parcel" scam, when they supposedly sent you goods/gifts, but they got stuck somewhere on the way (for example, on the customs) and you have to pay to "customs" or some bogus shipping company to get them.All types of scams are described in details on Romancescam.
Nigerian scam comes in many forms: 419 scam, when they offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account, or lottery scam, when they tell you that you've won something in some bogus lottery.
Some network sites make money from advertisements and member communication, while others like to inflate their member base to make it look as though users have plenty of matches to choose from.
Another theory is that dating sites want to gauge how many members are trying to collect on a 3 or 6 month guarantee.
Dating sites are big business and the market is so saturated that the competition to keep up is stiff.
Companies are vying for financial gains by recruiting and maintaining new members.