American internet dating scams
The agency warned, however, that "every age group and demographic is at risk." The traditional online dating scam is "A Nigerian guy gets a victim to send money by a wire transfer," said Iovation's O'Hearn.
That phishing-style scam still happens, but fewer people fall for it now.
Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.Once a bond has been established the offender will typically ask you for money or ask you to undertake a task.Often the task is illegal, although this may not be immediately obvious. Pretexts used to elicit money have included kidnapping and urgent requests for money to cover medical expenses.Other pretexts used have included requests to transport items across international borders.Once money has been transferred overseas the chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.
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