The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network.Shortly after, the conversations became sexual in nature.If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
You don't want to rush into a breakup, but if you're ready, we've compiled the links, tips, and—in the most extreme cases—the phone numbers you need to sever ties.
(And let's be clear, there's a difference between deleting an account and just deactivating it.
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.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
Sadly, not all websites and social networks and online retailers are created equal when it comes to breaking up.
With some, it takes only a couple of clicks to say goodbye.
Once money has been sent to the criminals, they will delete the fake profiles and cease all form of communication.
Anyone who receives a similar type request from their online Date or believes they are a victim of this crime should report this matter to their local authorities.
We'll spell out the differences for each account, as needed.) Also, sometimes legality prevents a service from deleting everything you've posted publicly in the past, so remnants of your time there could remain in perpetuity.