Needless to say, those Money Orders or checks are no good, and not even worth the paper they're printed on.If you cash them or deposit them into your account, Money Orders or checks will come back after few weeks as fraudulent and you will be responsible for paying back the money to the bank and sometimes even charged for passing counterfeit instrument.This is to avoid detection by the online dating site.
Never re-ship anything for strangers, especially to Africa.
There is a reason why online merchants usually don't ship there.
There are also military scams (for God Sake, there are NO American Generals browsing dating sites and NO military man will EVER ask you for money.
Then there is a recovery scam - a scammer recontacting you pretending to be FBI, EFCC or any other authority, telling he can help you recover your money... And finaly there is a "stuck parcel" scam, when they supposedly sent you goods/gifts, but they got stuck somewhere on the way (for example, on the customs) and you have to pay to "customs" or some bogus shipping company to get them.
Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.