Online dating fraudsters
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..Fraudsters steal photos and use dating sites and social media to lure potential victims into sending money for various reasons.The fraudsters have shown that they are willing to develop the relationship over an extended period of time.The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
Romance scams continue to cause severe financial harm on consumers which has a profound impact.
Since 2012, Canadians have lost more than million to scammers pretending to be in love.
Because victims of online romance scams often suffer from intense shame and embarrassment that prevent them from coming forward, the RCMP believes the number of actual victims is likely much higher.
"This is the type of crime that can completely destroy a person's life, especially for individuals over 50 — the most common age group targeted — who have less opportunity to rebuild and recover from the losses," Noseworthy said.