There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.
In July, the average payout was as high as £10,882.
One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.A check or money order is only a promise to pay or provide funds.I frequently hear from people who have been targeted by these scams. The victims are most often unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who think they are romantically involved on the internet with an American Soldier, when in fact they are being cyber-robbed by perpetrators thousands of miles away. “It is heartbreaking to hear these stories over and over again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met and sometimes have never even spoken to on the phone.” The majority of the “romance scams,” as they have been dubbed, are being perpetrated on social media, dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams often involve carefully worded romantic requests for money from the victim to purchase special laptop computers, international telephones, military leave papers, and transportation fees to be used by the fictitious “deployed Soldier” so their false relationship can continue.Some of them get suspicious and dump the con artists; others fall for the ruse and lose money. I addressed this in a previous article: Why we fall for romance scams Over the next few days, Lovefraud will publish a series of these military romance scams so you can see what they look like. Female victims being cyber-robbed daily by thugs claiming to be U. “We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the internet and claim to be in the U. The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address.