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Hi, I'm Lea
Can I ask if you have ever met your friend in person here in the UK?
I'm not available for a call anyway.
Has this person asked you for money previously?
And have you sent any?
I am sorry to tell you but you have been a victim of a well know scam - it comes in a variety of forms, but the romance scam usually takes photos found on the web, setting up a dating profile, then they spend time talking to you, and all of a sudden they are in some horrible difficulty and ask you to send them money or goods.
There is nothing illegal about taking a phone in or out of Nigeria.
Don't send anything else - the person you are talking to is not the person they've presented themselves to you as in photos. It's all about making money from you.
Please accept and rate positively.
Please make sure you protect yourself in future...if they don't want to speak to you on the phone and on a video cam, or meet you in person...be careful!
If you want to double check, ask to face time him and have him show you a newspaper with the actual date on it - or during the conversation ask him to write a word you give him on a piece of paper and hold it up to the camera.
If he's fake, he'll refuse.
You can also use the google image search on the photos you have received to see if they have been used for other scams online. https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en
Some scammers use previously recorded videos they find online and then play them back to pretend to be talking to you.