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Nigerian scam comes in many forms: 419 scam, when they offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account, or lottery scam, when they tell you that you've won something in some bogus lottery.
However, Nigerian dating scam (or romance scam), besides just asking for money for their studies, sick relatives, etc..
They will send you the Money Orders or checks and ask you to deposit them into your bank account and then wire the money to them via Western Union.
Usually they say to keep some money for your trouble.Never re-ship anything for strangers, especially to Africa.