Other scams which are growing include cryptocurrency scams, with the main points of origin appearing to be West Africa and the Philippines.
Smythe said many African countries – such as Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, and South Africa – play host to perpetrators of online scams, including the infamous 419 scam.
These include: Another scam proving popular in 2017 is the romance scam, which is “ill understood”, said Smythe.
Online dating scams made headlines in South Africa recently when men in Pretoria were robbed after meeting up with women from dating websites.
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