In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.
A check or money order is only a promise to pay or provide funds.
When you deposit either in your account, in essence you are making a guarantee that the funds will be provided.
Now, a study has revealed just what a typical scammer looks like - from their eye colour to their posture and even their political stance.
Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.
After you discover the scam you may have questions regarding the person you were talking to, the money you may have sent, the checks you may have cashed, how to report the scammer or just how the scam works.
This is a section that can answer those questions and direct you to other areas on our site that will have more details on how to understand aftermath of a romance scammer.
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.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.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.