Warning signs of online dating scams

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There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.A check or money order is only a promise to pay or provide funds.The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.The scammer will have photos showing a young and attractive woman though her profile may say she’s from America or England.The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.

In the first few letters the scammer will say what a good woman she is and how hard life is in Russia.

Her monthly salary is only a few hundred dollars, all Russian men are drunks and maybe her family died in a tragic accident or they are ill and in need of surgery.

Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.

Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.

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