This week I had the pleasure of getting out of my office and away from the writing desk to dispense my wisdom on television.

Denver 9News reporter Melissa Blasius contacted me to help her develop a story about online dating scams. You’d be surprised just how common online dating scams are.

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The Nigerian Scammers are everywhere, they are in chat rooms, on My Space, almost every dating website online, Facebook, tagged.com, you name it.

The way these con artists operate is under the guise of wanting a mature long term relationship, that they are just "looking for love".

In truth though, all they are looking for your MONEY.

The Nigerian relationship scammers are a big business, which is very lucrative, and is run just like a business.

There is an office filled with people, who come to work to scam you out of your money.

They operate with scripts, fake documents to use as "proof" and use each other to answer the phone or call you when need be.They start off with some sob story about either being a widower, or their wife left them for another man. They say all the right things, but you should be realistic and see that they are saying them ALL TOO SOON., the longest is usually 4-5 weeks and then they start asking for money.They claim to be businessmen traveling to Nigeria for work related issues, or simply say they work in Nigeria.(Some are getting smarter now and not even telling you it is Nigeria).They seem well educated, funny, caring, and pay you so much attention!Once they profess their love and you return it, they know they have you hooked and the money scam falls into place.