1. Small crooks.
There are lots of dating sites where there are small-time scammers who pretend to be attractive ladies to trick men into buying them all sorts of things, including giving them money, telling their victim that “I am dead broke right now”, “I gotta pay for my phone traffic, I am about to lose you” “I got sick, but I have to visit the university tomorrow, yet I’ve got no drugs,” and etc. Sure enough, if they got what they want from a man – they either disappear straight away, or they do not give up attempts to gradually “milk” the simpleton caught in their network, maintaining his interest. Usually, their income does isn’t that high and their victims are wealthy men who want to find a woman for a relationship without obligations – most of them will not contact the authorities because of a couple of hundreds of bucks.
2. Spam accounts and bots.
A profile of such a scammer is filled with all sorts of hints that a person wants intimacy and just a one-night stand, but during communication, on a 4-6th message, a girl sends a certain website that supposedly has her photos that are of a lot more intimate nature and it is overall easier for her to use it. To access the some of these sites it will take a man to send a message which may cost them a large amount of money. Naturally, neither the real girl, nor the relationship without obligations will not be received by the victim, and, most likely, it was just a robot programmed with typical phrases who was texting that man all along. Here’s a neat little trick with these sorts of bots, text “hello” to them, but not just once – a couple of times, a bot will answer with greetings, not confusion.
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3. Big-game hunters.
Another category of fraudsters (otherwise called scammers) is much more dangerous and more similar to marriage scammers: they gain the trust of their victim — these are mostly single women over 30 years old, they barrage them with compliments and confessions, scribbling passionate and ardent letters, promising to marry and move them to a better place. According to the users of top dating sites, this could be rich and famous foreigners, military men from the USA or from other countries, employees of diplomatic missions.
In the course of communication, the address, full name and other information of a victim is found out, after which they are informed that a valuable gift, money transfer or something else has been sent to her. But then “something goes wrong”: it turns out that their fan did not have enough money for delivery, they forgot to pay for it, you need to pay a substantial commission to get the gift. Optionally, a fraudster may offer to visit a resort together, sending the victim a fake site, which needs to buy plane tickets. Of course, they promise to pay for everything, you just need to deposit everything right now, otherwise the gift/meeting/money will be missed. After getting all the money, contact with a fraudster suddenly breaks off.
4. Extortionists and blackmailers.
Most often, the victims of such fraudsters are married or in relationship men and women who are interested in finding a lover on the side without obligation. The offender provokes an unsuspecting user to provide all sorts of intimate photos, sending them back images that they’ve found on the web. During the course of communication, a scammer tries to seek out as much information as possible, marital status, date of birth and asks for some intimate photos along the way. The rest is up to the internet as in 8 out of 10 cases, you can easily find a person in a social network, where their whole real life is in full view. One can simply use the Google picture search.
After that, an extortioner reports all of the things that they found on a victim, as a way to tell a person that they will be able to spread all of that information to all of their relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. This sort of information will surely be quite compromising and it may get a person fired from their job, get them divorced or etc., it is unlikely that anything good will come out of it. And thus, as a lot of us value our reputations, these scammers get their money. Often, a victim becomes a literal “cash cow” for a criminal who periodically appears on the horizon again and again. The only way out of this situation is to turn to law enforcement agencies.