Men and women looking for prospective romantic partners online should take note of these two: Laura Cahill, who described herself as an aspiring young model living in Paris, and Britney Parkwell, who pointed to her relative youth as a year-old from sunny San Jose, California.
There's one big problem: Despite profiles that said they were seeking love online, they never existed. They were fake personas created Chillisack part of an elaborate scheme run out of Africa to con hundreds of thousands of dollars from vulnerable Americans, according to the California-based cyber-security firm Agari.
A firm report details how men and women were targeted by fraudsters.
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Crane Hassold, the senior. He said he's seen farmers and religious people fall victim the most to this type of scam. In the report, researchers warn that individuals and businesses are "far more likely to be targeted by West African crime groups" than by hackers working for the Russian or North Korean governments. The online love scam reviewed by Agari datung largely based in Nigeria, the report concluded.
And while many unsuspecting American have likely received emails from scammers claiming to be "a Nigerian prince," Agari's new report focuses on a scam that is far more elaborate and believable, especially because it preys Chinese brides in Saguenay vulnerable people searching for love, according to the report.
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The report includes emails from scammers with phrases the firm says might tip off the recipient. I use facial cleansers at times, Lotions and eye creams. Another email suggests that in addition to her favorite foods being sushi and tacos, "candy yams" were also a favorite.
Candy Yams, as the report notes are a favorite West African dish.
The Laura Cahill persona was one of the most commonly-used fake identities, and it employed actual pictures from a real person. Specifically, scammers posted fake profiles on dating sites and waited for victims to send them an email, which allowed scammers to then engage in dialogue to test their targets' gullibility and willingness to send money, the Agari report said.
One way the scammers would allegedly persuade victims to send money with the Laura Cahill persona was to convince them that "Laura" wanted to travel from Paris to visit the victim, but her credit card was frozen. So, the scammers would tell victims, "Laura" needed Edmonton escort female paying for an airline ticket -- and that sending a money order could resolve the issue.
If the victim expressed hesitation, there was even a "travel agent" willing to reassure the victim that the funds were, in fact, going to pay for travel, which was sent from a different email and made to look like a legitimate invoice. After almost a year of sending money, the man was convinced that they were meant for each other despite Free escorts in Saint-Laurent offering excuse after excuse for not meeting up, according to Agari.
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If they have, you may be the victim of a romance scam. While countless lucky souls have met the love of their life through New fantasy massage Calgary dating sites, scammers are using them — along with social networking sites — to fleece lonely women and men of their life savings.
Many months might pass without the mention of money while the scammer develops the online relationship. Eventually, the scammer asks for money, either for an emergency or to fund their return home to unite with the victim. One incident after another is imagined by the scammer, inducing the victim to continue paying. Instead, discuss the situation with a family member or friend you trust.
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