While we've managed to get rid of scammers from beyond our borders, there has been an increase in scammers from South Africa. These are a lot harder to spot as they appear to be genuine users. They do have one trait in common though, after some period of time they will ask you for money.
There was a story on Carte Blanche very recently which would make good reading. The link is here: http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?Id=4504&ShowId=1
To sum up, you should always be suspicious when someone requests money. Especially if you've never met the person. If one of the members does request money from you, please inform us on [email protected] We will be able to check on their previous activity, and provide you with a good estimate as to whether their behaviour seems suspicious.
There are thousands of decent members on this site so don't be discouraged by the few bad elements.