This gives them a good reason for why they cannot meet their intended in person.Romance scams are a long form of social engineering.Unfortunately, before you find your prince (or princess), you have to eliminate the frogs."Romance" scammers, sometimes referred to as "sweetheart" scammers take advantage of vulnerable people, especially divorced women over 40, by posing as an eligible romantic prospect. Scammers may use a fake name or steal the identity of a real person.Fraudsters in Southern and Eastern European countries set up ghost accounts, often claiming to be soldiers on tour or nurses working in remote locations, giving an excuse for not being in regular contact with their victims, who they meet on dating sites.The owners of the fake profiles then hit a tragedy, a family bereavement or medical emergency, and ask victims to send money through hard-to-trace methods like money transfer services.Lonely hearts still waiting for their soulmate are easy prey for online dating scams.Many people search for love through online dating sites, dating apps, or social media.
Daily delivered to your inbox"Why walk into a bank with a sawn-off shotgun and maybe get €30,000, when you can make millions by defrauding people online? According to Woodward, these gangs produce so-called sucker lists with details of victims who have previously fallen for Internet romance scams, which are then sold on to other criminals for a profit.Most wanted to push past the introductory emails and calls to schedule a get-together ASAP.