Targeting single and widowed men and women, love scammers are setting up fake profiles committing anywhere from three to twelve months to woo their victims into emptying their pockets.Often times scammers claim to be in the military or working overseas as a reason to not meet you in person.The victim called the real police department number and determined that no such police officer existed and no one had called him from there.========================================== Here is an example from one young man who wished to remain anonymous….She asked for my name and age, which I found weird since I mentioned my name on my initial app message and age was on my profile.She asked for a face pic which I sent, she then went on to say that I was cute and had good looking lips and asked if she could place her genitals in my mouth.Plenty of Fish (POF) is an online dating site that uniquely claims to have millions of users worldwide.
We have personally encouraged more than 400 men to contact the FBI about this scam --see below.
For more than a year there appeared to be two separate criminals responsible for the majority of these scams.
We believed that one of them lives in Texas and the other is in South Carolina.
Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) urges consumers to be on the lookout for scams being populated on online dating websites and on social networks.“The romance scam is very similar to other types of consumer fraud, however, in this case the scammer’s main tool is affection and eventually love,” said Mechele Agbayani Mills, president and CEO of BBB Central East Texas.
“They use this feigned devotion to swindle thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars from their prey”.