How to spot a scam on internet dating sites

08-Sep-2018 15:20

It’s also possible that that women in this age group tend to be more affluent and less tech savvy than younger demographics.

Once they are sufficiently ‘groomed,’ the victim is tested.

Many will claim to be from a Western country but currently working overseas.

Scammers will often create multiple profiles using the same stolen images. Steve G Jones has had his identity stolen for this purpose multiple times.

According to FBI Special Agent, Christine Benning, the majority of victims are women over 50.

Some also use his real name and personal information.At some point, the victim may be asked to send something to the scammer that can later be used against them, such as compromising photos or videos.Sometimes the message history is enough to use as a threat, especially if the victim is married or in a long-term relationship and is hiding this online relationship from their significant other.Or they may do it because at this point they are being threatened.

In a surprising number of cases, the scams continue for prolonged periods for the simple fact that the victim is too embarrassed to admit to friends, family, and law enforcement that they have fallen prey to a scammer.

Many realize that it’s usually impossible to recover any of the money sent to scammers. By educating yourself and those around you about the tactics online fraudsters use, you can drastically decrease the chances that you or they will become a victim.