How the scam works
Romance Scams, also
referred to at Sweetheart Scams, Dating Scams or Love Scams, usually
begin on a legitimate dating website or through
online classified ads looking to meet people.
In theses scams, the scammer plays on the target's emotions.
They know that they are looking for love or a strong relationship,
so they use all of the right words to convince the target that they
truly care for them. Many of the scammers will use pictures
found on others profiles or even modeling sites as their profile.
They will also use a variety of fake names, and some scammers could
be operating several "profiles" and names at once. This is why
the name of the person or what they look like is not a good way to
determine if they are a scammer or not. It is the situation,
not the name that matters.
Once they believe that the
target is emotionally connected to them, they will tell them that
they need money for some reason . . . they were in an accident and
have medical and legal fees to pay or simply to pay for a plane
ticket so that they finally meet in person. The scammer will
ask the target to wire them money, and sometimes will even promise
to pay it back as soon as possible. Since the target is
emotionally invested in this relationship they want to do whatever they can to help out this person that they love.
Illusions and CyberPaths
tell the stories of these scams.
Resources for Victims
Report these scams to:
Books on Romance Scams
Other books about Romance Scams can be found
Scam Victims United's YouTube Page,
which includes videos about Romance Scams and their victims.
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