Dating website fraud
Narratives used to extract money from the victims of romantic scams include the following: Some romance scammers seek out a niche of various fetishes where they will find an obscure fetish and they will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out a sexual fantasy of theirs by having the scammer come to them to have sex.The scammers also like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.They may give you their email address and ask you to send photos to them of you and your family.If you do, they will have your email address and also your photos to use to convince other victims that they are 'real'.Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
After all, you have been led to believe this is your future spouse. They are going to 'trust' you to cash the checks for them.The scammer cannot afford it, but offers to drive to meet you (or take a plane or bus), and requests money to help pay for this.After you send the money, you never hear from them again - or you receive ongoing excuses to delay the trip and more requests for money. Most dating sites are full of them, and many sites don't bother to get rid of scammers - because scammers look good...scammers use model photos, have nice profiles, and that attracts more members.