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These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.

It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.

Maria and Andrew seemed to hit it off and began planning a road trip for that summer when Andrew would come back to the U. Andrew sent Maria a check for $5,000 to cover the cost of their trip, but then suddenly asked her to send $4,500 back to him because he needed money for rent after being laid off from his job.

And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets. She says I'm so handsome (I'm not) and wants to see me in person and hear me. Beware." said he was Roden Miller (actually Jeffrey Miller) as a scammer. He is in the army stationed in Houston Texas but is currently on a peacekeeping mission in Libya but would be returning soon. I refuse to give my number or email and insist on staying on that site.

By learning how to spot a scammer, you can protect yourself. But her cell phone seems to be faulty and her old laptop doesn't have a built in camera. I also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, success, and loneliness.

Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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