He mentioned he was originally from Germany and had an accent.

All along I had kept my guard up, but his request confirmed for me that it was a scam.

When I Googled the Ghana name and address, it came back "Ghana Scammer." Abby, these people even provided photos of the person they pretended to be, along with a cellphone and address that actually were under the name of the person they were impersonating.

Phone and online scams have more than proliferated this year; they appear to have metastasized.

No less than five individuals I know have been approached by scammers trying to lure them into money-losing "propositions." Two of them were told they were having problems with their tax returns.

One man in Las Vegas found out his photos were used for hundreds of Facebook accounts when one victim even appeared at his front door.

"Social media is the avenue these people use to access their victims," Assistant U. The woman, who has only been identified as a "highly paid, white-collar professional," found out the hard way when her "match" claimed he was in the middle of a million deal to sell dried cocoa beans to Kraft Heinz. Jason Osei Bonsu and Adams Amen recently appeared in a Buffalo courtroom to face federal fraud charges and likely deportation; they're also accused of cheating a man in South Dakota out of ,500. Gross, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Buffalo, told the newspaper that similar romance scams occur across the U. Scammers build trust and rapport with intimate communication, figuring out "what buttons to push" to take advantage.He asked her to help fund the shipping and insurance, promising to pay her back when they would meet in person and began a relationship. The FBI tells the Buffalo News that the photo she received of "Marvin" turned out to be a realtor in Texas whose name is not Marvin Roecker. Two men, both citizens of Ghana, were arrested in the U. There were more than 14,000 victims of similar romance scams totaling 9 million last year, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.Only after a relationship is formed does the correspondent inform the American that they are from Ghana.Relationships can last anywhere from 1-3 months before the Ghanaian correspondents will ask you for money.The majority of Americans who start an online relationship with a Ghanaian originally think they are corresponding with someone in the United States.