Victims can be highly traumatized and very embarrassed when they learn that their romance was a scam.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation displaying profiles which have been fabricated using personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social media accounts, classified sites and even online forums to search for new victims.
The scheme usually involves accomplices, such as an interpreter and a taxi driver, all of whom must be paid by the victim at an inflated price.
The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim.Another variation of the romance scam is when the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.A young woman will contact a victim and tell them of their plight: not being able to remove the gold from their country due to being unable to pay the duty or marriage taxes.Sensitive people are more vulnerable to online dating scams, based on a study conducted by the British Psychological Society.Per their results, sensitive and less emotionally intelligent people are more likely to be vulnerable to online dating scams. Martin Graff of the University of South Wales presented on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Nottingham, England. Graff said: "Perpetrators of dating scams simply set up false profiles on dating websites with the sole purpose of extracting money from their victims.This creates a false sense of attachment on the victim's part that so that the victim feels guilty refusing the scammer's requests for money.In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports about more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.Funds sent by Western Union and Money Gram do not have to be claimed by anyone showing identification if the sender sends money using a secret pass phrase and response, and can be picked up anywhere in the world.Some scammers may also use Bitcoin as an alternative payment method.This falsified passport was used in an actual internet romance scam.The deception can be obvious to observers – for example, the photo on this passport does not comply with regulations for size or pose – but these signs are often ignored by willing victims.