And because many victims are usually too embarrassed to report being duped and conned of large sums of money, these estimates may be grossly under-reported.
It usually very difficult to recover any monies sent to online scammers, but by knowing what to look out for and the tactics these fraudsters employ, you can avoid falling victim.
Surprisingly, in some cases, even when the victim realizes they are being conned, the scam continues because the victim is too embarrassed to tell family and friends or report to law enforcement agencies.
There are also cases where the victim knows full well that they’re being scammed, but they are in love with the scammer. This shows the manipulative powers online dating scammers can have and the vulnerability of some of the victims they target. The red flags to look out for Some people assume that only the really ‘stupid’ people can fall for online dating and romance scams. These days, online fraudsters are very clever; by the time you know you are being scammed, you’d have lost a significant amount of money.
Once you have been lured in, they will start expressing their strong emotions for their victims and will request for you to start moving the relationship away from the dating website.
They can either ask for their victims to do instant messaging, email, or phone.
They usually create profiles that are fake so they can lure their victims in.