This thread has been created to highlight and explain some of those characteristics.
Note that this thread contains a more "in-depth" look at scammers.
male pictures most frequently used by African scammers.
ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.
For a shorter, general overview, see An introduction to love or dating scams If you have started communicating with someone online, and he or she matches many of the characteristics described in this thread, you are most likely dealing with a scammer.