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She had a website for her business, was on Facebook, carried a smartphone.
But who knew exactly how these online dating services worked?
“Signing up to dating websites has proven successful for many singles seeking a match.
Unfortunately it has also proven popular among scammers who prey on people’s vulnerabilities to steal their money, particularly around sentimental times of the year.” “Scammers are experts at preying on people’s weaknesses and will spend months and even years grooming victims and lowering their defences.
Of this, 81 people reported losing over 0,000, showing just how financially devastating these scams can be.
“Once victims realise that their admirer is actually a criminal, the emotional consequences can be devastating.
I really like your profile and I like what I have gotten to know about you so far.
I would love to get to know you as you sound like a very interesting person plus you are beautiful. In fact it would be my pleasure if you wrote me at my email as I hardly come on here often. Some of the other men she'd met on Match had also quickly offered personal email addresses, so Amy didn't sense anything unusual when she wrote back to the Yahoo address from her own account.
successful, spiritually minded, intelligent, good sense of humor, enjoys dancing and travelling. In those first weeks, she exchanged messages and a few calls with men, and even met some for coffee or lunch.
But nothing clicked — either they weren't her type or they weren't exactly who they said they were.