In a recent report, the FBI said it is investigating scammers that target gullible women by developing relationships with them online, only to later ask for money.
The article released by the FBI said this type of crime has been rising in recent years and is very difficult to investigate.
“This is a very difficult crime to prove,” said Christine Beining, a fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston division. “When someone is using a computer to hide behind, the hardest thing to find out is who they are. We can find out where in the world their computer is being used. It’s identifying who they actually are that’s the hard part. That is why this individual remains a fugitive.”
The FBI added that many of the criminals involved in the scam are located in Nigeria.
“The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target,” said Beining. “Then they use what the victims have on their profile pages and try to work those relationships and see which ones develop.”
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center said they had 15,000 complaints of “romance scams” in 2016, with $16 million in reported losses.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that keeping as much personal information private as possible can help in any case, and it also advises individuals to download up-to-date- virus software.
H/T: The Hill
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