Few things in life are as wonderful as falling in love.
But before you let someone steal your heart online, make sure they’re not really after your bank account or your identity.
After the scammer builds up their “relationship” in the victim’s mind over a very brief period of time, the request to join in money laundering, trafficking in stolen property, or other similar crimes comes along.
It might seem ludicrous that people would fall for this, but one victim’s story was profiled in Wired magazine and it sheds new light on how the victim-grooming takes place.
In an August 2012 interview, Markus Frind stated that based on the millions of relationships and marriages Plenty Of Fish has created over the past several years, it is estimated that over one million babies have been born as a result of the website.
On May 20, 2013, Frind implemented several changes to the website with the stated goal of focusing on "meaningful relationships." Among these changes were the removal of the "intimate encounters" option.
Extortion – Some victims have reported falling for extortion, especially once the talk, shared photographs, or webcam chats turn intimate.
Then the scammer lets the cat out of the bag and demands money not to share the content with the victim’s children, family members, friends, or co-workers.
Over the course of three years, the man emptied his 401(k) retirement account, which totaled more than 0,000.
Now, the IRS wants him to pay the taxes on his 401(k), and he doesn’t have the money to do so.
Here are some of the highest profile scams that have directly affected online dating participants: Money requests – Horror stories about romance scammers who use sweet talk to steal money from their victims are all too common.
Never agree to give or move money or other property for anyone you meet online.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been chatting, if the other party needs money and has no other “real life” means of getting it, this isn’t someone you should be associating with.
The dating site you use has safeguards in place to delete accounts if users are caught violating their terms.