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Internet Dating Investigation

How do internet dating scammers operate?

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Online dating scammers will create fake profiles, including false pictures, names, and information, which is usually catered to the type of victim they hope to attract. They will then gain the trust of victims through loving words, heartfelt conversations, and even gifts in order to attempt theft of money or identity.

Common Internet Dating Scams

  • The Basic Swindle: The most common scam is when the con artist, after forming a relationship with their victim, requests money for seemingly valid reasons, like a family member in the hospital or a severe car crash. After the money has been sent, they cut contact.

  • Money Laundering: Money laundering is also a fairly common scheme. It involves asking victims to send money or stolen objects, like laptops and cellphones, so that they are harder for the law to trace. Scammers also ask their victims to forward packages and cash checks.

  • Internet Scandal: A recently rising scam involves con artists growing so close to their victims that intimate photos and/or conversations take place. Scammers then publish this private information and will only remove it when given a large fee. Even then, there is no guarantee that the information will be removed.

  • Catfish: A term based on a heartbroken filmmaker's movie, a catfish scam is when someone uses fake online profiles to appeal to their victims romantically. These scammers use fictitious names and photos to lure people in, sometimes for no other reason than to have a relationship.

 

Internet dating scams often cause more pain than hurt pride or a broken heart. These scams are a form of fraud that can result in identity theft, crime, and significant loss of money. Having a professional, unbiased opinion that is familiar with these scams is vital to your safety and prevents money loss.
We have experience recognizing and handling online dating scams. 

“Man wants three things: life, knowledge, and love.”

Fulton J Sheen

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