Nigeria on line dating scam
Today there are an estimated 25,000 romance scammers online worldwide, according to one cybersecurity expert.
Between 5 percent and 25 percent of online daters could be fakes or scammers, says another.
For example, last December the FBI busted a Chicago-based crime ring that victimized at least 11 people through online romance scams.
The alleged cybercrooks met victims through websites and apps, including Match.com, Facebook and Instagram, according to prosecutors.
“We’ve had chatrooms since the dawn of AOL, back when I was a kid,” D’Antuono says, “and criminals will use whatever technology and tools that they possibly can to take [victims’] money.” Speaking not about the Chicago case, but generally about romance fraud, D’Antuono says victims include men and women, straights and gays, and people of all ages, races and walks of life.
Nobody can pinpoint how many romance scams occur in the U.
Lauren De Ford, the company’s senior manager of marketing, said scams are rare and that the firm takes fraud “very seriously.” The company’s brands are available in more than 42 languages in more than 190 countries, according to its website.Another one of the unnamed victims got roped in after lamenting on Facebook about “relationship difficulties.” A man posing as Ed Gunn responded, introducing the victim to a resident of Nigeria who called himself Suave Rochet.(The culprits ranged in age from 20 to 55 years old and are Nigerian by birth or heritage.) The victim texted Rochet two or three times a day, apparently falling hard.As they tug at your heartstrings, they may be in on a callous, calculating, un-Cupid-like scheme, aiming to bamboozle you out of cash.In 2014, the FBI received more than 5,800 romance scam complaints.