A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications. As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud. Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars. This leaves many victims not only embarrassed but also in financial distress. It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams. It can happen like this:.
Online Dating and Romance Scams
How not to get scammed by 'Russian women' online - Russia Beyond
When a British charity worker got engaged to a young Ukrainian woman, he thought he was building a new life for them both in Odessa - he was wrong. James's car pulled up at the Villa Otrada. The year-old British charity worker had been looking forward to this moment for months. He was excited to see his fiancee, Irina, waiting for him outside the restaurant on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Twenty years younger than him, she looked glamorous, her blonde hair fresh from the hairdresser.
A fake wedding, and a $250,000 scam
Thomas and Tonia met on social media and started messaging regularly about their shared passion for travel and their pet dogs. Thirty-four-year-old Thomas, from the West Midlands, was besotted and was planning their future together, but Tonia was actually a fraudster. She was beautiful, funny and kind," he said. I had no idea she was tricking me into giving out my personal details so she could get money.
Her name was Alyona, a year-old blonde bombshell from St. Petersburg, with clear fair skin and penetrating gray eyes. Mark, 37, met her on the Badoo dating app last April when he was planning a short trip to Russia. Despite living in Lyon, he changed his geolocation to St.