Only after a spate of scamming and hacking the authorities woke up to this serious situation and worked out a defense mechanism to fight against the scammers and hackers.A few years back Nigerian scammers swindled millions of dollars from hundreds of internet users in the well-executed lottery scam and only after this news spread like a wild fire in the news channels and blogs, the internet users showed much caution.“The Internet makes this type of crime easy because you can pretend to be anybody you want to be.You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people,” she said.However, the photos show a man who can’t be much older than his early to mid-30s.
No longer are fake profiles sparse on details and lacking in the supporting information, friends, or activity that makes them easy to spot. When Phoebe was approached by a soldier based in Afghanistan, she had no idea that she was about to fall victim to one of the most common - and underhanded - dating scams around.Melanie Daria, one of Trustify’s private investigators, first saw Peter’s profile when it was sent to her by Phoebe, a client.Phoebe was already in the midst of starting a relationship with the man, and since she’d worked with Melanie before, she thought she’d simply run the man’s information past her and get the all clear. She’d had rough experiences, and she was hoping that things finally were working out for her - at least in the romance department”. “Peter’s profile had none of the usual indicators that it was genuine. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. It’s called a romance scam, and this devastating Internet crime is on the rise.
The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”That connection would end up costing the woman million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent she had.
Hundreds of innocent people worldwide have fallen prey to the sweet words of the scammers and lost millions of dollars.