Teen internet dating fraud

03 Aug

Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.

Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.

There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.

Halpern: If you’re a victim of a romance scheme, contact the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.Based on the secret techniques of pick-up artists, the book contains step-by-step instructions on how to ensnare a victim, such as ‘Select a Target’, ‘Isolate the Target’, ‘Create an Emotional Connection’ and ‘Blast Last-Minute Resistance’.For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.Mollie Halpern: They profess their love to you, but in reality, they’re preying on your pocketbook.Financial fraud is one of the dangers of dating on the Internet. Savage: There are quite a number of individuals that are being victimized. Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week.Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.In many cases, the victim will not only have lost out financially, but will also be left broken-hearted and thoroughly disillusioned.An increasing number of people have found life-partners via relationships started online.Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.