Where to report online dating scams
When things get a little bit more, ‘serious’ the scammer may ask the victim to send them things that could later be used against the victim. The scammer will later use these to threaten the victim, especially when the victim is in some long-term relationship or marriage and wants to hide the online relationship.
Sometimes, message histories can serve this purpose.
Christine Benning, an FBI agent, says that most of the victims are women aged 50 and above.
Those that are recently widowed or divorced are ideal targets.
Some are even asked to carry out illegal activities, and they may go ahead and do them willingly either because they are in love or because they’re being threatened.
They all begin with some ‘hook.’ Often, the scammer (the would-be suitor) will make contact and use something in common or a common interest, for instance, religion or profession, to spark a romantic relationship.
The relationship usually ramps up very quickly afterward.
But due to our world that is vastly moving, it can be challenging to find a partner.
Fortunately, due to the innovation of our world today, more and more people are checking the internet for almost everything including love.