Internet dating scams soldiers
Scammers prey on the victim's false sense of a relationship to lure them into sending money.
In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports of more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.
Often photos of unknown African actresses will be used to lure the victim into believing they are talking to that person.
Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered.
The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.
Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.
These scammers tell their victims they are lonely, or supporting an orphanage with their own money, or needing financial assistance because they can not access their own money in a combat zone, etc.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance.
Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out their sexual fantasy with the scammer.
Other scammers like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.
The scheme usually involves accomplices, such as an interpreter or a taxi driver, each of whom must be paid by the victim at an inflated price.