If I told him once, I told him a thousand times that he’d be making a grave mistake if he were to… go to Nigeria to meet the princess that he met online. He said that he is in love with her, and she told him that she needs a husband, so she can get her inheritance, so he is going there to marry her. I told him that he can’t be in love with a person that he has never met before. He told me that they chatted online for hours every day for the past three months, and a lot of that included Facetiming. He said that he really got to know her by chatting, and he has connected with her in ways that he has never done before and this is real love for him. I told him that she was running a scamming tactic on him, and she is probably preying on a lot of other gullible people. If he goes to visit her, something unexpected will pop up and she won’t be available when he arrives in Nigeria. It will be some stupid answer, but he will believe her because he has fallen in love with her. Then she will ask him to send her money so she can come to him, and they can be happy together. I said that this was just another twist on the 419 scams, where the con man tricks a victim into paying a certain amount of money under the promise of a future, larger payoff. I told him that since he has seen this girl online that she is a real person, but she is being paid by a swindler and she probably is getting a percentage of the money that she pulls in by making guys fall in love with her.
Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #52.