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In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.
First, you won't give it to him and second, to call me so you have the support I know you would need to break contact with him. This was his way of making her feel safe enough to go through with it, even though it wasn't true. A piece of her didn't want to believe he was scamming her. Because he had captured her heart and she really wanted to help him. Let me assure you these women would have said the same thing. Other women have not been so lucky and have lost thousands of their hard earned dollars to men they thought loved them.We do conduct intake interviews with ladies before approving their profiles, but obviously, you cannot get into another person’s head.However, people who scam others always have an agenda: they are after money."In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman."Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.