Sh'reen Morrison had been on an online dating site for only a few weeks before she realized that something was seriously wrong with the man who had been actively pursuing her by text message and email.They'd hit it off right away, and he said he lived just outside of Phoenix, which seemed relatively proximate to a woman in remote Yuma, Ariz. First, he was traveling through India with his daughter.Others claim to have a missing child or a hospitalized mother due to the disaster, and they need money to locate them or solve their health situation.Stories vary, but the bottom line is that they will always request financial help.Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.Online scams are present in most of the countries of the world.
"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
It is also more difficult to prosecute these criminals because it involves foreign law enforcement and court, and it’s hard to prove.
But, while the Internet helps criminals conduct fraud, it’s also a great place to learn about the warning signs, risks and services to help you.
Internet criminals use these tragedies very effectively to move heartstrings, and then steal your money.
International investigators caution many scammers in the Philippines claim to be having a rough time finding a job and paying bills.
Most online dating scammers and Filipina bride scammers use the same modus operandi.