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At the end of the day they all have the same basic plot – there is an emergency and won’t you please send them some money?
Rest assured, once you do send the money that is the last you will hear of them and your money.
A scam victim will usually receive an email making an offer of a large sum of money.
Variations of these include them needing surgery they can’t afford, treatment for their son’s brain tumor or you may even get a call from someone pretending to be a doctor telling you your partner has been in a serious accident and you need to send money so they can start treatment.
Sometimes, the scams are long and stretched out with the scammers attempting to get as much money out of you as possible by cooking up a variety of medical complications.
This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.
It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.