In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
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.
Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.
Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.On June 29, the unidentified man arranged a date with Davis after connecting with her on Plenty of Fish, a popular online dating website.The victim alleges that the two met up at an apartment complex when Davis received a suspicious phone call. Crupi, 34, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Staten Island school teacher Simeonette Mapes in July 2012.“He has ‘no baby mama drama,’” Mapes’ mother, Theresa Mapes, told NBC4. Like he hasn’t enough.” Crupi’s opens his comments by asking, “Hey ladies, are you awesome? ” He professes to be “a bit of a nerd, but that’s cool now, right? He destroyed my family.” Crupi ends the profile saying anyone who contacts him “won’t regret it,” though relatives of Mapes – and the jury at his trial – may disagree.
That is when two armed men approached the male victim with guns drawn and began demanding money.