Scam artists online dating

Falsified passport used in an actual internet romance scam.The deception can be obvious to observers – for example, the photo on this passport does not comply with regulations for size or pose – but these signs are often ignored by willing victims.Another variation is that the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.

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There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.

The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.

A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel.

Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims.

Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.

The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.Unlike a gold digger, who marries for money, a pro-dater is not necessarily single or available in real life.The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.Often photos of unknown African actresses will be used to lure the victim into believing they are talking to that person.

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