Scammers will pose under the disguise of beautiful pictures as either male or female claiming to be from the United States.
The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.
You get to know the person, perhaps over weeks or months. All of a sudden they request a short-term loan for some personal crisis. These images can be used later on to blackmail you.
This can also occur with naked photos that you send by mobile phone to others (‘sexting’).
Successful scammers are good at grooming you; they ask lots of questions about what you want in your life.
Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.This makes it hard for the victim to do due diligence.The scammer might say that an immediate family member has a medical emergency and needs money for treatment, or that he has been wrongly arrested and needs help with bail money and legal support.A check or money order is only a promise to pay or provide funds.