~ Fake stories about frozen accounts or money for surgeries.
It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams.
It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.
In all, she sent about $22,000, and almost immediately after she sent the last wire, he stopped emailing her.
“My heart just sank and I thought, this doesn't seem right,” she said. Grey says he has personally spoken to women who've given more than $80,000 to someone that they've never met in person. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
Amy Webb, the author of “Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match,” realized that her online profile was turning off potential cyber-suitors and made it her mission to get to the bottom of it…
A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications.Look out for inconsistencies Grey told VOA there are several red flags to watch for when cyber scammers are looking for targets.Look for: ~ Misspellings on the documents and capitalization errors. Grey said his office recently received a letter from the Sergeant of Arms for the "Senate Forces Command," but no such entity exists. Citing an example, Grey told VOA that a scammer will sometimes send documents with U. Army logos, but that the dating profile may say the person is in the Navy.The man even sent her a few pictures dressed in his military uniform, and he was very handsome.Schuster noticed that her suitor had bad grammar, but that didn't really bother her because her immigrant father had poor grammar as well.Multi-million-dollar scamming industry For Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey, Schuster's story is all-too familiar. His office has received calls from the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia — all from women who thought they were in love with a U. They steal soldiers' photos from social media, create a fake backstory and profile for the photographs and then target unsuspecting women on online dating sites.