"When I went back to the main screen everything was black, and it was normally blue, and there was writing behind all the icons and it said 'you have been held to ransom, you need to pay Bitcoins that are 5 US dollars and we will restore all your files, and that was it really."The computer held business files and precious photos of Mrs Testa's late husband.After trying to get help from a local IT business, the computer was still locked.
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
Of this, 81 people reported losing over 0,000, showing just how financially devastating these scams can be.
We know these figures are only the tip of the iceberg as many victims are reluctant to admit to friends, family or authorities that they fell for a scam,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
Scammers using dating sites to attract their victims are often referred to as "catfish".