Internet dating and romance scams
She began a relationship online with a military officer serving in Afghanistan named Adam Smith. Illinois chiropractor Lilo Schuster fell for it, and fell hard.It’s almost like the perfect crime."Here are tips experts offer to stay safe online: 1. The internet has revolutionized the world of dating, but it is also a new breeding ground for scams. One way to check is to do a reverse image search on Google. It will allow you to either upload the profile photo or paste it directly from the web site.
The man asked her to send several thousand dollars. "But get online and do some research about this person you’re talking to." Beining recommends searching for the person’s photo on other websites and doing a Google search.6. The most vulnerable people are those who are isolated.
The FBI says romance scams are rampant online, with an estimated 0 million in losses last year. "If you get a million results for it, chances are it's some kind of a stock photo," Hood said.
"Even in the last decade, so many more people meet other people online for the purpose of dating," said New York attorney Jonathan Hood, who has written extensively on internet fraud. Of course, the best way to tell if the person you are dealing with is real is to meet in person. "If they say, 'I'm not ready to meet you in person,' or 'I want to continue just chatting online,' that could be trouble," Hood said.
If you think you have already been scammed, file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
It could help stop a fraudster in his cruel and dastardly tracks.In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.