Most people are online trying to connect and find love hence the blow-up of the dating app industry. We are sure you are familiar with popular dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Bumble. But, unfortunately, instead of finding a sweetheart, some individuals have found themselves deceived and defrauded by scammers.
How the romance scam works
Unfortunately, dating sites are no longer safe because of the infiltration of scammers on the platforms. They take advantage of the anonymity and discretion these apps provide to prey on target victims. They will use social media or email to develop a relationship with the target, often hiding their real identity. It is termed ”catfishing”.
The scammer will create a fake online profile and persona, all in a bid to get you interested and strike a conversation with them. They may use a fictional name or commit identity fraud by posing as doctors, celebrities, respected military personnel, or even aid/volunteers working abroad.
The impact of romance scams on victims
People who are victims of romance scams receive a double blow of devastation and pain. One comes from the apparent betrayal, and the other stemming from the fact they cared or loved the scammer. This category of victims has recorded the highest suicide rates, and the stories are devastating. The Global Payback is here for you and wants to help correct the wrong that has been done.
Things to know about romance scammers
One characteristic of Dating and romance scammers is how quickly they want to progress from friendship to a relationship. Within a few weeks of regular interactions, they will express their profound love and ask that you become more committed. They do this to lure you away from the dating app/website to a more private communication channel like the phone or email.
Scammers know that for their ruse to succeed, they will have to gain your interest and confidence, and they go all out to make sure they achieve their goal. So get ready to be spoiled with gifts, compliments, and they open up to you by sharing ‘personal information.’ Savvy scammers will allow their ploy to build slowly for months in what feels like the romance and intimacy of a lifetime. The scammer will then strike once you are vulnerable and they have earned your trust. They usually begin by telling you they are in need or in debt and want you to assist them through cash or gifts.
They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature.
Lies they tell in their schemes.
Many of them will claim to have a personal emergency. The stories may be that they have suddenly fallen severely ill and do not have enough money to cover hospital bills or expensive surgery. A typical story is how a business has failed, and now they are in deep debt. Or claims of desiring to come to visit but can’t because of lack of funds unless you lend them money to cover travel expenses.
Scammers will launder money through you by asking if they could send cash through your bank account. Or send valuable items like mobile phones and laptops, then ask you to ship the goods somewhere else.
The ”processing fee” scam
In this scam, the scammer will inform you of a large fortune(cash or jewelry) and ask for your help in transferring it out of their country. Then, they will offer to give you a share in return. All you have to do is cover the processing fees and administration costs.
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Crime and trafficking gangs
Some dating and romance scammers are part of international trafficking networks. There have been cases where individuals have been trafficked into drugs and criminal activities after being lured abroad.
Dating or romance scams have a very high success rate because of human emotions and connections. Unfortunately, these scammers know how to use that to their advantage. Victims of romance scams experience more devastation because some of them have fallen in love with these fraudsters. So they are dealing with the loss of their money and emotional betrayal from someone they thought loved and cared for them.
Red flags of a romance scam
The signs of a scam are always glaring; it is up to you to pay attention to them.
- They start pestering you for your phone number and start professing their love only a few days after interacting with you.
- Their profile is not consistent with who they have described themselves to be. Also, these scammers have poor English skills(both written and speech), although they claim to have obtained a higher education.
- They always refuse to be on facetime/video call with you.
- They always have an excuse as to why they cannot see you in person.
How to protect yourself from romance scams
- Do not send money to people you do not know on the internet
- Be rational in your decisions no matter how caring and loving the person is
- If there are any inconsistencies in their stories, know that it is a scam
- If you feel pressured to send money or gifts, know that it is from a desperate scammer.
How The Global Payback can help you recover your lost romance scam funds?
If you or someone you know is a victim of forex fraud, we ask that you act fast by contacting us because the time frame is essential and every day counts. Luckily for you, we have wealth recovery professionals on our team who know exactly how to get your money back in the shortest time frame. So contact us with details of your transactions and dealings with the scammers and leave the rest to us. We will help you recover your funds and get your life back.
1. Be cautious about sharing personal information.
2. Check their images.
3. Scan their profile for loopholes.
4. Look out for inconsistencies in their communication.
Here are signs to look out for;
1. They’re far, far away.
2. Their profile seems too good to be true.
3. The relationship moves fast.
4. They break promises to visit.
Here are some ways to identify scam text messages
1. Abnormally long numbers. If a text message is legitimate, it’s usually from a number 10 digits or less.
2. Family crisis texts. Receiving news of a family crisis is alarming.
3. Text refund. Another common text scam comes in the form of a text refund.
4. Random prizes