Dating scams on facebook
Like a Nigerian scammer, posing only slightly convincingly as one of your real-life friends, trying to get you to send them a $900 wire transfer.
Calvin: my sister# Evan: your english is bad it does not sound like the english of someone from the us so no one will believe you Calvin: how can you teach me Evan: ok i will. Calvin: they dont send western union here we only receive Evan: what country are you in?First, we are disabling the account because, in some cases, the spammer has added a new contact email address and removed the old one.We then ask that the rightful owner to contact our user operations team via this contact form: We're reminding users to be very suspicious of anyone, even friends, who ask you over the Internet to send money.We're using this data to quickly surface compromised accounts, ideally before the spammers have gotten very far.When we find compromised accounts or they are brought to our attention, we're working to make sure the accounts get back to their rightful owners as soon as possible.Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a $99 payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.
While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.
There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.
He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
(Update: Facebook response below.) In the meantime, a friendly reminder to be skeptical on the Internet, even when you think you're talking to someone you've known for years. Calvin: yes i came here for a vacation Calvin: on my process coming back home i was robbed inside the hotel i loged in Evan: ok so what do you need Calvin: can you loan me $900 to get a return ticket back home and pay my hotel bills Evan: i think so.