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In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.
Ms Rickard said scam groups were operating on many sites, including Facebook, dating sites and sites targeting different religious and ethnic groups, to groom potential victims and gain their trust.
It can take weeks, months, sometimes years before the scammers' ultimate aim becomes clear, but there will always be a request for money Ms Rickard said."They will spin you a story asking for money.
If you pay that, there will be another story and another.
They are very persistent," she said."These scams have huge benefits for the scammers — real wealth — so they put an awful lot of time into grooming and deceiving people who believe they have found the love of their life."In 2016, more than 4,000 reports were made to Scamwatch regarding dating and romance scams.
Professor Monica Whitty from the University of Leicester said: “Our data suggests that the numbers of British victims of this relatively new crime is much higher than reported incidents would suggest.” Researchers questioned 2,000 people through an online You Gov survey.The man was trying to send money overseas after repeated requests from the woman, but was alerted by his bank to the fact he was probably being swindled.Ms Rickard said it was important for people to share their stories, no matter how embarrassed they may be."The more people stand up and talk about it, the better it is for other people," she said."It takes a long time before people wake up to the fact they have been scammed because they want to believe in this wonderful relationship."Do you think you may have been scammed?But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. Their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.