The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.
Some of the sophisticated scammers send cheap presents such as flowers or candy [from stolen credit cards] to capture the hearts of lonely women. They either advise that their employer pays them with Money Orders and they can't cash them in Nigeria or are having trouble cashing them.
Then they convince their soul mates to bank them into their bank account and then wire them the money via Western Union.
They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.
They also lurk in chat rooms and social networking sites as well as Christian and other religious-based dating sites.
They then spend months chatting up and luring their naive targets with online intimacy.
Through being a member of an independent forum, people in later life are making their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, influencing the planning and provision of services locally, regionally and nationally.
Local forums vary in size - from small groups to those with thousands of members, but they all have a number of features in common: they are all independent organisations that give people in later life a collective voice, influencing decision-makers on matters that impact on everyday life.
They often pretend to be foreign specialists [from the US, UK or Canada, but can be any European country]temporarily working in Nigeria or other African country.
A slight twist is is when the scammer pretends to live in the same country as the victim, and once a relationship has developed, then advise they are required to go to a west African country on an assignment.
The forums are democratic and inclusive; they are run independently by older people, for older people. In the local forums, people in later life decide their own agenda, share information and raise issues of concern.