In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.
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According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.
A 52-year-old woman had reportedly met a man using the name Domenic Gurino on an online dating site in November.A month into the relationship, the man advised the woman of a property investment with profitable returns.READ MORE: Elderly Nanaimo woman loses almost 0K in online dating scam Police say after the woman provided a large sum of money to the man for the investment, he allegedly evaded all contact from her.Most of us are wise to the opening ploy of a scam letter.In this instance, “Andreas” has stumbled upon .5m in an account belonging to a deceased customer.