Scammers targeting Americans on dating apps: Cyber-Forensics explains how to avoid romance scammers
Fraudsters target people looking for romance on social media platforms and dating sites and convince them to invest in cryptocurrency
SOFIA, BULGARIA, July 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fraudsters target people seeking romance on social media platforms and dating sites and convince them to invest in cryptocurrency.
Online dating sites have allowed some people to find genuine, lifelong relationships. Unfortunately for some people, it has become one of the saddest nightmares causing huge losses. Dating scams have tripled in the past seven years, making them the top 6 riskiest scams, resulting in a loss of nearly $547 million in 2021.
These days, online scammers target Americans on dating apps and social media, pretending to fall in love and convincing them to join their cryptocurrency schemes.
Cindy Tsai, a 51-year-old Asian American from Newtonville, had just such an experience. Tsai said that in October 2021, she met a young man on a dating platform named Jimmy, whom she found attractive, and he often complimented her as well. A few days later, he shared his success with cryptocurrency, sending her photos of his returns.
After a while, Jimmy started convincing Tsai to invest using fake data. Tsai eventually purchased almost $20,000 worth of Ethereum and transferred it to an account that appeared to be linked to a cryptocurrency exchange website. However, the website was fake and was controlled by Jimmy. In the scam, Tsai lost nearly $2.5 million to Jimmy.
According to Cyber-Forensics.Net, a team of fund recovery specialists, “scammers execute these scams after months of planning and creating a fake online profile that can be difficult to tell apart from the real ones.” Several victims have reported to Cyber-Forensics that they were targeted by fraudsters who took advantage in the name of love.
Timothy Benson, Chief Analyst at Cyber-Forensics.Net, adds: “Romance scams are popping up more and more. The stories we hear sometimes feel like a repeat of the last conversation. You should never trust anyone who has randomly contacted you, especially one you haven’t met in person, and never send cryptocurrency.”
How does emotional manipulation play a central role in romance scams?
Scammers try to gain their trust and affection by taking their time with their victims and gaining trust, waiting for the right moment to execute the scam. The act is also called “pig butchering”. These scammers pretend to be attractive professionals or businessmen looking for close relationships. However, they often work for organized crime gangs, often from China, Africa or Eastern European countries.
They target independent men and women and connect with them through dating apps or social media platforms from their fake profiles. They do not differentiate between single and married. Personalities are often too good to be true and exude genuine charm. Criminals often find their victim’s personal information on social media and use it to gain their trust.
Warning signs of romance scams
Some victims claim to have been approached by SMS, WhatsApp or telegram looking for an old friend who has changed his number. Others say they were targeted on social media or dating sites. The common thread is that conversations start seemingly naturally. After gaining the victim’s trust, the culprits introduce concepts and financial schemes.
Sometimes scammers ask lots of personal questions about the victim they are targeting. Often they seek out the victim using whatever is available in their public profile to make a connection, such as a shared (fake) alma mater. The key is that they try to build emotional relationships with the victims over time and ask to move the conversation to a more private platform such as WhatsApp, LINE, Telegram or the phone.
Often scammers avoid talking about their personal life and reveal little or strange information. As these are sometimes groups and not individuals, stories and even names may change over time. Many relationship-seeking victims notice the idiosyncrasies but overlook these issues at the time.
Within days or weeks of conversation, scammers discuss how they trade for a living, invest in ICOs or other FX products, or seek financial assistance. They also often introduce the victim to a trading platform and promise to “guide” them through their trades or that they know someone who can help them with insider trading advice. Another part of many scams is that they attempt to pool funds for better terms, which means “if you send 20,000, I’ll put in 20,000, and the account will have better terms”. This mixture of funds is then used as an excuse not to allow withdrawals.
What precautions can be taken to avoid such scams?
Do not chat with calls or messages with “wrong number”. Pass.
Do not share personal information such as full name, date of birth and home address with strangers.
Don’t send or receive money from people you only know online.
Never pay anyone with cryptocurrency, especially someone you met online.
Never allow anyone to “help” you create a cryptocurrency account; it is an opening allowing someone to access computers or banking information.
Never completely trust dating apps. They’re in it for the money, and Cyber Forensics has seen complaints from the most famous apps.
Trust your instincts regarding fish stories; Do not neglect them. Be critical.
Beware of clawback scams – especially unsolicited tips using crypto payments.
Although Cyber-Forensics.net operates in the recovery space, there are many fraud recovery companies out there – often these are linked to scams. For this reason, Cyber-Forensics.net advises victims to never respond to unsolicited recovery requests, to be critical with many support questions, and to involve family members or attorneys if necessary.
How to report stolen cryptocurrency and romance scam?
Cyber-Forensics.net always recommends that victims of scams speak to the police, authorities, family members or regulators. Many people are reluctant to speak to the police. However, it is important, especially with the help of a Cyber Forensics attorney.
Why would victims need guidance to talk to the authorities?
Cyber-Forensics.net agents have seen countless victims turned away by the police. Victims are turned away because they often approach ill-equipped police departments with rambling stories with little evidence. Cyber-Forensics.net can help prepare information in a proven format for working with authorities.
How to Recover Lost Bitcoins from an Online Scam?
Losing fiat money or cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to a scam is never a good experience. It brings a ride of crazy emotions and pressure on how to recover the lost funds. Here money recovery services like Cyber-Forensics come to help victims recover what is theirs.
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