Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
People looking for love online should hold on to their wallets.More than 12,500 people filed romance scam complaints with the FBI in 2015, losing more than 0 million to fraudsters. Here’s how it works: Romance scammers might persuade you to drain your bank accounts, max out your credit cards or even sell your home – all to send them the cash. You could unwittingly become part of money laundering or drug trafficking schemes.There are usually several people involved in a romance scam (particularly University students) that are networking between the globe eg. They use phone numbers starting with Nigerian country code 234 and redirect to anywhere in the world phone numbers 4470, and 13 and VOIP numbers such as Magic Jack.Scammers copy and paste photos of attractive women and wealthy businessman from anywhere across the internet and present these fake profiles to lure in their victims. I am trusting that you won't refuse to help me with this money. Your princess, Natasha" while trying to chase away a hangover with a sandwich with some cheap beer.
This type of scammer hunts only the most vulnerable and inexperienced online daters.
How a romance scam works Chances are you’ve tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.
Unfortunately, scammers post fake profiles and pictures on these same sites in hopes of finding deep pockets.
(by Elena Garrett, 2009) Visa and Tickets Scammer Advanced Fee Investment Scammer Unscrupulous or Fake Marriage / Translation Agency Vacation Hunter Pro Dater Accommodation Scams Bigger Better Deal Hunter Green Card Hunter / Gold Digger Imagine this: a 20-years old rough-looking unemployed college student named Boris is typing to you "My beloved [insert your name here], I went to the travel agency and they said that I will need to buy visa and tickets to travel to you. The then attaches to the message a picture of a shy-looking pretty young lady blowing you a kiss. He is a ruthless con-man who is making money selling elaborate fantasy stories to trusting foreigners.
They said that the total cost is 80 for everything. He knows how to push the right buttons to make his victims to completely fall in love with a fictional lonely girl from the letters.
The victims feels that they have found the partner of their dreams and the person they want to spend the rest of their life with and will go to great lengths to be with the one they love.