While cases like this are very, very rare, there is another variation of the kidnap scam.
It is one of the most alarming of all online dating scam stories is that of Australian man Desmond Gregor who flew to Mali in North Western Africa hoping to meet his online sweetheart.
You will then be requested to send a large amount of money for treatment and promises that you will be paid back ASAP.
The victim will cash this order and send the money through an irreversible process such as wiring with Western Union as instructed by the scammer.
Some scammers claim to be North American, European or Australian citizens working in an African nation such as Ghana, Nigeria or based in Lagos.
The story goes that they are paid in money orders but are having trouble cashing them; could you please cash the orders and wire the money to Nigeria?
They are consequently kidnapped and you will be asked to urgently send them some ransom money to help them get out of the messy situation.
Yes, this one definitely pulls on the heart strings because you will obviously want to do something to help but don't fall for it because it is simply a way to play on people's emotions and then scam money from them.