Most of the defendants are Nigerians, the Associated Press reported. Attorney Nick Hanna told a news conference. Army captain in his efforts to smuggle himself and his friends out of Syria. The woman met him online and had been emailing for 10 months.
When love becomes a nightmare: Online dating scams
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Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
This just grazes the surface of online dating scam statistics. Often, the advances start on dating sites or apps. The unfortunate truth is that all too many people have been a part of this love story that never ends in a happily ever after.
Lots of people feel braver online, so it's not surprising some use the internet to look for love. It can be easy to find single people you have things in common with, can talk to easily and flirt with. Getting together online is the new normal for many adults — did you know 1 in 3 marriages are between people who first met online? And it may be similar for some young people. In , our Digital Romance research found that one third of young people have started a relationship with someone they met online.