In the past, it was a means of uniting families together; it’s only recently that we began thinking of marriage as a love match.
Pretty much Opening yourself up emotionally, especially on a public online profile, takes a lot of courage and trust.
After the scammer gets all the money they can from the victim, the scammer drops communication, leaving the victim dumbfounded, hurt, confused, and out of a lot of money, which is rarely recovered.
I receive a TON of e-mails per year from victims asking for help (because they knew I always wanted to be a spy).
“I know someone who ran into a scammer while online dating,” says Marc Riolo, a veteran of online dating who lives in Washington State.
“My friend was messaging with this guy, who said he was an oil executive flying in and out of the country, stringing her along with excuses for not meeting up.” When the suitor emailed her to say he was in jail and needed bail, the woman’s friends felt compelled to step in.
An impostor poses as the perfect suitor, lures a victim into a romance, then proceeds to loot his or her finances.