"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.
If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. Because this man states that he lives in houston but hasnt been home for a while. He, of course stumbled and said he didn't understand upon nearly each of my questions. Picture is of handsome soldier 47 ans looking fine. He would tell me how much he loved me and hoods God brought us together blah blah blah.Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.There is often more than one person perpetuating the scam - there have been reports of a room full of people working from the same script.