Skype dating scams

“There can’t be a man this horrible, to do what he did to me,” she told FBI investigators.

This heartache – and financial ruin – is all too common in romance scams, according to the FBI.

“I was mortified,” she told reporters from the Toronto Star and CTV W-5. I thought, ‘This can’t be happening.’” Men have also been victimized. And as Leeman can attest, it’s a scam in which trust, vulnerability and a longing for love are heartlessly exploited.

Con artists are able to hone in on that vulnerability because potential “marks” post openly about their lives and dreams on social media and dating sites.In addition, don’t give anyone access to your bank account information so they can “store” money there.And beware of anyone who asks you to mail packages on his or her behalf: You might find yourself implicated in a criminal operation. Once you realize you’re dealing with a fraudster, cut off all contact. Ask that packages not be delivered to your home or work.In figures from romancescam.org, which has 59,000 members, 1,813 members have reported more than ,891,837 in losses to romance scams – an average of more than ,430 in losses per victim.A scam based in Nigeria The victims tend to be widowed or divorced women in their fifties targeted by criminal syndicates usually based in Nigeria, according to the FBI.

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