Types of online dating scams
While it’s easiest for scammers to set their traps on multiple dating platforms, it’s also common for them to take to Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites to hunt for their prey.
In 2018, a massively successful Nigerian fraud ring was busted, resulting in seven Nigerian mens’ indictments.
These scammers will make fake profiles on sites especially for those who are divorced, those who have disabilities and even farmers who live out in rural areas, who might not be quite as familiar with technological scams such as these.
The con artists don’t just pose as men, they pose as beautiful women, too!
Before you can rub the sleep from your eyes, you notice you have a new notification from one of your dating apps. You haven’t had any hits in weeks, so you open your app to read the message. The only problem is, in order for me to access my riches, I must ask you to wire me ,000 via Western Union or Pay Pal so that I may send you millions in return…”You ask yourself.
It reads:“Hello, beautiful lady, I am a Nigerian prince, and I am in need of your help! You may have outsmarted the “prince” this time, but this is a more decipherable, easy-to-spot scam.