Scammers from nyc on dating sites
The scammer often claims to be working overseas and therefore cannot meet in person.After developing a relationship, he will ask for a loan, often to finish some sort of project he is working on abroad.Since 2010, Canadians have lost nearly million to romance scams (also called confidence scams or sweetheart scams).Rosanna Leeman, 48, told Canadian reporters that she fell for a widower she met online who told her how incredibly lucky he was to have someone like her in his life.
But against all odds -- and to her joyful amazement -- she found her soulmate online. However, she chose to come forward so other women wouldn’t suffer a similar fate, according to FBI investigators.
As the FBI puts it, “Victims who have agreed to meet in person with an online love interest have been reported missing, or injured, or in one instance, deceased.” How to avoid romance scams Taking some commonsense precautions can greatly reduce the risk of falling victim to a romance scam. Since social media profiles may be fake, do online searches on your sweetie’s photo and profile to see if it has appeared somewhere else.
Be wary if someone asks you to leave Facebook or a dating service to talk “offline.” Be skeptical of boyfriends you’ve never met.
In figures from romancescam.org, which has 59,000 members, 1,813 members have reported more than ,891,837 in losses to romance scams – an average of more than ,430 in losses per victim.
A scam based in Nigeria The victims tend to be widowed or divorced women in their fifties targeted by criminal syndicates usually based in Nigeria, according to the FBI.
“There can’t be a man this horrible, to do what he did to me,” she told FBI investigators.