Scams online dating sites
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.
Online dating scammers tend to target people who have a large amount of information in their profiles, and the scam is usually based around stealing money, credit card information, or personal information from the victim.
Maya Diamond is a Dating and Relationship Coach in Berkeley, CA.
Today the defendants are behind bars and awaiting trial, but authorities don’t expect romance fraud to fade away anytime soon.
“We can’t arrest our way out of this situation,” says Steve D’Antuono, a 23-year FBI veteran who is chief of its Financial Crime Section in Washington.
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.
“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.Today there are an estimated 25,000 romance scammers online worldwide, according to one cybersecurity expert.