Nude photos of dating scammers

08 Apr

Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.Seven online fraudsters who duped victims out of their money through fake checks, online dating and mystery shopper scams have been sentenced.On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the sentencing of seven defendants – one from Nigeria, and the rest from Mississippi, Texas, and California – for online fraud.

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.Interestingly, some of the defendants actually got taken to the cleaners in romance scams themselves before they then willingly signed up to run counterfeit check fraud.The crooks would send checks with mystery shopper and personal assistant instructions to their marks. The victims sent money to various locations in the US, which was then laundered before being sent on to Nigeria. This left the victims stuck with liability to their banks for the amount of the checks, and what were often hefty bank fees in the hundreds of dollars.After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.