Photos online dating scams
It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian advance fee (419) scam.
Instead of sending spam letters that promise millions for your assistance, these scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online.
They use psychological tricks to lure their victims in, use poetry and even gifts to get them under their spell, and then once you are there, will try to reach for your wallet, all the time declaring their "undying love" for you.
The scam may take the form of asking you to cash a check for them through your bank account because they are "out of the country" and unable to cash it themselves, or they may come right out and ask you to send money to help them out of a fabricated "financial difficulty" they claim to be experiencing.
In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.
The FBI says love scams are among the fastest-growing crimes on the Internet.
In 2016, over a billion dollars was taken from people looking for love in the wrong place and with the wrong person.
In fact, his photos are a treasure trove for scammers who simply cut and paste his life to create an alternative one—one that always includes needing money.
The scammer, who pretended to be an active service member, told the registered nurse he needed money for medicine and to get out of trouble. “Within three days of talking, he all of a sudden got deployed so I was never able to meet him face to face,” the woman stated.