Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.
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"It can really transform their lives in a very terrible way." The U. The actual figure of total losses is probably far higher, Scherer said, because many victims are too embarrassed to come forward or do not know who to contact. FAKE ROMANCE Large teams of scammers typically trawl dating or Christian websites and contact middle-aged women, the U. He never showed up, but a European woman claiming to be his lawyer managed to bilk another ,000 out of the woman before she returned to Arizona.
He said the scammers were highly sophisticated, often grooming victims for months and using convincing techniques such as forging letters purportedly from the U. Another victim, a women in her late 50s in the eastern United States, said she sent her life savings of 0,000 over two months to a Malaysia-based "American" man she met on dating site Match.com, three years after her husband died. S.-based dating sites, it features prominent warnings about scammers, specifically telling users to be wary of people who say they are Americans based abroad. Malaysia has pursued a policy of attracting international students for more than a decade, allowing dozens of foreign colleges to set up Malaysian campuses.
Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.
It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.