He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.
But after exhausting several other options, becoming a sugar baby didn’t seem so bad for a 20-year-old girl trying to pay her way through college.“After my freshman year, I got really depressed,” she said. She applied to local restaurants, but came up short since many places were already booked for the summer.
She made an account, and after finishing it off with a profile picture of herself, hundreds of people began messaging her.
During the video call the scammer may attempt to lead you into participating in intimate, sexual activity or nudity, which can later be used to blackmail you.
Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit.
It may take some time and seem extremely believable.
Eventually, they may ask you to join a Skype (video) call with them.
One woman, Suzanne Hardman, was reduced to tears as she recounted how ‘James Richards’ conned her out of £170,000 – her life savings. And there are ways we can all be tricked - even those who think they're clued up about online dating.