Dating e book scams
The model or nurse may need money to pay lawyers’ fees to get a restraining order against an abusive ex.
Or maybe the scammer doesn’t ask for money at all but requests that the victim receive money and then transfer it to another account, giving marginally plausible reasons.“It’s common for victims to become money mules where they are unwittingly helping facilitate other crimes,” Mr. “There have been prosecutions of victims who kept receiving and sending money even when they were firmly told they were working for crooks.” Yet prosecutions of romance scammers have been rare, thanks to the anonymity of the Internet and the difficulty of tracing wired funds.
“We get about 30 requests for help a day,” usually from young men who sent a picture of their privates to a buxom Tinder match who turned out to be a blackmailer.
AARP has been fielding similarly cringe-worthy distress calls from seniors who exposed themselves in front of a webcam.
There are even reports of online recruiting of youths to join the Islamic State using romance and marriage as enticements. And these are just losses reported by those who fessed up to being had.“I more often hear from people who call on behalf of a relative or friend who is getting scammed,” said Chris Grey, director of public affairs for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command who learned quickly not to contact the victim in these cases.
“They present quite a saccharine image of romance and marriage using the image of the lion and lioness together, supporting each other, being best friends and companions.”The F. That puts law enforcement officials in a bind when lovestruck victims so willingly and willfully participate in ruses.
“People don’t want to know what’s behind the curtain,” said Mr.