Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.Old boundaries and human limitations were dropped, in order for us to have access to almost any information. We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.In the video above, see what is discovered at the address that Mark gave for “Kelly” in Nigeria.And, is the reporter able to locate the shipper and the boxes? Internet services and websites make it easy for us to pay bills, shop, make online reservations and even work. Criminal minds can reach these days further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. Attack methods and tools vary from traditional attack vectors, which use malicious software and vulnerabilities present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), to ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the eventual perpetrators.And you can do any of these actions from any place in the world. The most common ways for you to become vulnerable to a malware attack or phishing scam usually happen when you: For this reason, we need to know what are the most popular schemes and techniques used by cyber criminals in order to obtain our private information and financial data.