Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
Ms Smith said: 'She began talking to him over the video service Yahoo Messenger but he informed her he couldn't send live video of himself due to security risks in Afghanistan - something she accepted.
Olasemo, 37, was allowed into Britain on a student visa, where he set up a profile from his Cardiff home, pretending to be an American serviceman.
You may get an email from him and it will be missing your name or contain someone elses. In the letter, he may even say he is looking for the perfect girl.
If you question him, he will question your trust and say it was a mistake about the girl thing.
The scammer talks a lot about honesty and trust in less than 5 minutes.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.
And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off. According to the text I got last night Fred said we have till Friday to sent the 0 to the lawyer or we both die.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. I don't have a crystal ball so I can't find out where they really are or what is real and what isn't.