I don´t think anybody can claim that since 2005, anyone here has ever said that
personally I tend to stress the fact it´s gangs
that are behind this profile registering and massmailing industry, because most who freshly learn about this subject matter (one may call them "victims", "near-victims" or "survivors") they still believe in "him" or "her", and that the person in the pictures matters, while it is rather "them overseas" who were doing all the chatting, typing and calling. The scammers, in their communities, are a tiny tiny and statistically totally negliable fraction of all citizens, who according to news reports condemn this too. Aditionally they have world-wide accomplices doing some of the later writing, some of the calling, the money receiving and money forwarding, fake-site building etc. All these groups combined, these are the ones who do fake-profile-scams, which is in what we concentrate here.
There are other types of internet based love scams, which tend to stem not from West-Africa or Russia and Ukraine but Eastern Europe, the Far East or North Africa, or wherever, but they work with their own photos and webcams or even meet men in person as "pro-daters" and there are specialist advice-groups for them. Last, BTW this site was founded by an Ukraine-born woman
, who was disgusted about Yoshkar-Ola (Ukraine) having become known partly as one scam-hotspot since the first decade of this millennium.