• Detective Chris Brooks

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Online Scammers Break Hearts and Bank Accounts

As a Private Investigator we receive daily calls on victims being scammed. This week I helped a client who thought he purchased a $40,000 Telsa online, and another client who was dating a guy which she loaned thousands of dollars. The Telsa client believed the content on the website, as it looked as a real car company, and even shared a name similar to another company. Long story short, with little bit of research, it became clear our client was scammed.

The female client who loaned thousands of dollars to who she believed was her boyfriend, was outsmarted also by a fake bank account website. The lover asked her to transfer money from his bank account (which was fake) and transfer millions of dollars. Then she was to contact another company and order thousands of dollars in merchandise. All of it was a scam only to have the scammer to build creditability with their victims.

That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent she had.

It’s called a romance scam, and this devastating Internet crime is on the rise. Victims—predominantly older widowed or divorced women targeted by criminal groups usually from Nigeria—are, for the most part, computer literate and educated. But they are also emotionally vulnerable. And con artists know exactly how to exploit that vulnerability because potential victims freely post details about their lives and personalities on dating and social media sites.

Trolling for victims online “is like throwing a fishing line,” said Special Agent Christine Beining, a veteran financial fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston Division who has seen a substantial increase in the number of romance scam cases. “The Internet makes this type of crime easy because you can pretend to be anybody you want to be. You can be anywhere in the world and victimize people,” she said. “The perpetrators will reach out to a lot of people on various networking sites to find somebody who may be a good target. Then they use what the victims have on their profile pages and try to work those relationships and see which ones develop.”

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