Dating scams update
Many of them start by suggesting the writer has seen the victim’s profile online so they’re writing on spec to see if the person is interested in a relationship.
Krebs says the scammer usually poses as a Russian girl, although the email package also includes a fake message from the girl’s mother supporting the relationship.
“So it seems to be a concerning turn in relation to how scams are being operated.
“(They’re) moving away from taking the money from the victims, and encouraging them to become a mule in the middle of their (criminal) ring to send the stolen items overseas.” So, be warned.
But nobody — except scammers — seriously suggests these cards can be used as a form of currency to pay an official.
So when you get a request to clear an unpaid IRS tax bill (or any other bill for that matter) by buying and sending i Tunes gift card numbers, you know it’s a scam.
“It is in this critical, final part of the scam that the fraudster is encouraged to take advantage of criminal call centers that staff women who can be hired to play the part of the damsel in distress.” And the payoff?
And you don’t have to do a lot to get those dollars flowing because all of the bogus messages and email addresses are already prepared for you if you subscribe to a Russian crime syndicate.
The storyline is usually that the “girlfriend” is in trouble and needs money urgently.
“The romance scam package urges customers to send at least a dozen emails to establish a rapport and relationship before even mentioning the subject of traveling to meet the target,” Krebs writes.
Many times these individuals have participated in the scam because they or their loved ones desperately need financial support.
If this has happened to you, or your loved one, we encourage you to set your pride aside and contact our office.
You might even view the individual’s supposed address on a map site like Google Maps.