Online dating and romance scams are sophisticated operations that are typically conducted by criminal gangs.
Con artists share information about victims and may target victims more than once.
This leaves many victims not only embarrassed but also in financial distress.
It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams.
Con artists may express their “love” quickly and effusively, find similarities with the victim, and claim the online match was destiny.
This is all a build-up for the scam artist’s real goal: conning a victim out of money.
It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.
Once a person wires money to a foreign country, the money is generally unrecoverable.Once the victim becomes attached, the scammer looks for ways to dupe the person into sending money, which can happen in two basic ways.In the first scenario, the scammer may indirectly ask for money.Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.It details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.