Scammers on internet dating sites
For example, one victim in the case had just lost a spouse and “out of loneliness” accepted a Facebook friend request from a man who went by the name Frank, according to the complaint.The two engaged in a romantic relationship communicating online via Facebook, Google Hangout and email.Assured by “Frank” they would have a future together, the victim forked over about ,000, ostensibly to help him pay a son’s medical bills, the complaint said.The grieving spouse also took out a personal loan, made wire transfers to multiple individuals and before it was over had lost thousands more, the complaint said.By following this list, you’ll be well-informed enough to pursue dating online safely and wisely.All dating websites will ask for a certain amount of information in order to match you successfully with people who will hold your interest.Older Americans can be targeted because many have a nest egg and time on their hands, he says. They’re criminals.” At the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, senior attorney Patti Poss says the admonition against sending cash to a stranger also applies to wire transfers, prepaid cards and gift cards.“They could be lonely; they could be by themselves,” D’Antuono says. Inevitably a scammer will seek money for things like a hospital or hotel bill, airfare or visa fees, she says.
Between 5 percent and 25 percent of online daters could be fakes or scammers, says another.
For example, last December the FBI busted a Chicago-based crime ring that victimized at least 11 people through online romance scams.
The alleged cybercrooks met victims through websites and apps, including Match.com, Facebook and Instagram, according to prosecutors.
Never send money to someone you haven't met in person, and report it if you receive such a request, the statement said.
“Those two steps will stop almost every scam in its tracks and help protect the next potential victim.” Sometimes romance scammers zero in on people who are vulnerable due to divorce, abuse or alienation from their children, D’Antuono notes.