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These scammers are well aware of this and therefore often pretend to be from the USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.
Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.
Men are usually widowed engineers, building contractors, military, vet doctors, surgeons or antique dealers.
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.
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.
These goods are purchased with stolen credit cards.
Never re-ship anything for strangers, especially to Africa.
After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.
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.