Internet dating scammers posing
It all starts when a bad actor dupes a victim into a trusting relationship, then exploits that to get money, goods, or sensitive financial information.The bad guys often use online dating sites to pose as US citizens abroad or US military members deployed overseas or American business owners who have sizeable investments, the FBI said. While in 2017 more than 15,000 people filed complaints with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) saying they were victims of confidence/romance fraud with reported losses of 1 million, in 2018, the number of victims jumped to more than 18,000, with more than 2 million in losses, an increase of more than 70 percent over the previous year, according to the FBI.Some scammers will also target married women, especially ones that appear to be unhappy. Gays and lesbians are also particularly vulnerable, due to the desperation sometimes caused by the smaller available dating pool.In many cases, there is also a second victim of the scam.And remember that most dating sites do not conduct criminal background checks, so it is easy for people to misrepresent themselves.Other red flags include immediate requests to talk or chat on email or a messaging service outside of the dating site and phony claims that meeting the person was “destiny” or “fate,” the FBI said.
Most cybercriminals do not use their own photos, the FBI said.
Sometimes, scammers may ask a victim to open a bank account for them.