Recent numbers from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau suggest that dating scams reached a record high in 2016.Some 3,889 online dating-related fraud incidents were reported, resulting in a record loss of £39m.Everything they say will be fake – they’ll have a fake backstory, family, friends and job.
For instance, Nigerian scams have now progressed from email communication to online dating sites. The scammers or tricksters as you may call them create a profile on a dating website then make it in a way that they will receive and send each message that you send.
The trickster will then begin to shower you with inexplicit, pre-written mails.
However, if you look cautiously at the mails you will see that they don’t have a lot to say about you. You keep agreeing on the charges since you are certain that the mails come from an actual person that really cares.
Meeting someone online is very different, you might meet someone virtually who lives in a different city or country, and because you don’t meet face to face you build a connection through emails, messages and chats.
This type of communication means you are unfortunately vulnerable to fraud.
Turkey Drop (Wallet/Money Drop) Scam: An unsuspecting tourist spots a wallet or packet of cash on the ground.