Fake internet dating sites
As the online relationship gets deeper, the victim is eventually asked for large sums of money.Some are even asked to carry out illegal activities, and they may go ahead and do them willingly either because they are in love or because they’re being threatened.Christine Benning, an FBI agent, says that most of the victims are women aged 50 and above.Those that are recently widowed or divorced are ideal targets.
Fortunately, due to the innovation of our world today, more and more people are checking the internet for almost everything including love.
Surprisingly, in some cases, even when the victim realizes they are being conned, the scam continues because the victim is too embarrassed to tell family and friends or report to law enforcement agencies.
There are also cases where the victim knows full well that they’re being scammed, but they are in love with the scammer. This shows the manipulative powers online dating scammers can have and the vulnerability of some of the victims they target. The red flags to look out for Some people assume that only the really ‘stupid’ people can fall for online dating and romance scams. These days, online fraudsters are very clever; by the time you know you are being scammed, you’d have lost a significant amount of money.
And because many victims are usually too embarrassed to report being duped and conned of large sums of money, these estimates may be grossly under-reported.
It usually very difficult to recover any monies sent to online scammers, but by knowing what to look out for and the tactics these fraudsters employ, you can avoid falling victim.