Victims of online dating
She said she hired the hacker after getting no response from ACORN.
(She asked that I only use her internet handle, Firefly, for reasons that will soon become clear.) It had been about a year since Firefly got divorced.According to the report, scammers comb through chat rooms, dating sites, and social networking sites looking for their targets and use a well-rehearsed script that has proven successful in the past.Often times, they'll send their victims flowers and gifts while using stories of personal tragedy, injury, and other hardships to earn trust and concern.Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.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.
Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.
He suggested they ditch the dating site and switch to email.
The report also notes that, while all demographics are vulnerable, criminals tend to prey on those who are over 40, divorced or widowed, the disabled, and the elderly.
As John Breyault, director of the National Consumers League's fraud center, explained to the Washington Examiner, "Because they have developed a relationship, often romantic, with their victim, there's more trust there." FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer also told the Examiner that the total sums lost by victims can get so high because they end up paying for expensive items such as plane tickets and medical procedures.
Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.