Fbi warning online dating
“The victims have never met the individual with whom they are communicating, but the bond they’ve established through a sophisticated grooming process can be very strong and very difficult to break,” the Cleveland FBI said in a news release on Tuesday.
The victims are often used as “money mules,” making them complicit to laundering illicit funds.
“I know someone who ran into a scammer while online dating,” says Marc Riolo, a veteran of online dating who lives in Washington State.
“My friend was messaging with this guy, who said he was an oil executive flying in and out of the country, stringing her along with excuses for not meeting up.” When the suitor emailed her to say he was in jail and needed bail, the woman’s friends felt compelled to step in.
CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Division of the FBI issued a warning following the rise of particular online scams.
The FBI advises people not to send money to someone they have never met and have no reason to trust.These types of scams are the more well know of Nigerian scams.