Fraud online dating
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.
The visitor is often taken to a dimly lit back room and given a menu with small print.
Sometimes, the visitor’s beverages will be spiked with drugs to impair vision and/or judgment.
By analysing the top 3,000 scammer profiles (that is, those they’ve come across most frequently in profiles blocked by their software in the last year) they’ve discovered what constitutes the ‘most attractive’ female and male propositions to those targeted by romance scammers.
The scammer picks it up and asks if it belongs to the tourist, showing a wad of currency, and tries to get the tourist to touch it.The same scam is used by rug salesman in many countries.Airport/”Bag Watching” Scam: A friendly stranger asks someone to watch his/her bag or purse.And a lot of the time, you’re not just talking to one person behind each profile - you could be exchanging messages with a circle of fraudsters acting together, according to KIS Finance.
Serious fraudsters sometimes even create further fake profiles and use them to be rude to you, all to make the main fake profile seem more desirable.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.