Scams from internet dating
Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
This leaves many victims not only embarrassed, but also in financial distress.
It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.