In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.
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The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.
In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
The FBI is using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to remind all of the “lonely and vulnerable” online daters out there that criminals are lurking on their favorite dating websites.“Here’s how the scam usually works,” an FBI press release posted on Thursday reads.
First, you’re contacted by someone who appears interested in you.