Bbb online dating scams
Only losses that emanated from Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Email Account Compromise (EAC) scams were higher last year, according to the IC3’s annual Internet Crime Report (ICR) that we also wrote about recently.
Worse still, it is generally recognized that most victims are too embarrassed to come forward, so the actual losses are expected to be far higher.
The “venture” is said to have already attracted a great deal of interest from investors who are willing to fund it, but need a US bank account into which they can send the money.
The story may be spun further, and the scammer will ultimately convince the victim to open the account in their name or register a limited liability company and allow money transfers to flow into the account.
They will say they have detected viruses or other malware on your computer and need you to give them remote access to your computer.
Obviously, romance scammers also scout for victims on social media, where, just like on dating sites, they lure victims with fake online profiles, creating attractive personas and elaborate plots.
Here are two more articles and a video about dating fraud, complete with recommendations for how to stay safe.
In most cases, they request an upfront fee to secure a loan, but this is illegal in Canada.
Scammers may call pretending to be computer techs from well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple.
Oftentimes, the con artists convince their marks to open bank accounts under the guise of sending or receiving funds.