The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.
And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …
Nobody wants to be scammed yet most people are not quite sure what to look out for.
These are examples of some of the most notorious scams in the world of online dating and on the internet in general.
A man who probably has no idea his photo is being used by scammers- not just once, but multiple times. It's the newest evolution of the Nigerian money scam.
Redden, is also James and at least half a dozen other men with the same picture. Instead of sending spam sob stories in your email - these scammers are hitting chat rooms and online dating sites, targeting women looking for romance. Krystene says she doesn't take the threat too seriously, but- she's not using her real name in my report- just in case.
The single mother in Mukilteo wasn't even looking for romance, when a mystery man named Redden sought her out in an internet chat room. He said he was in the import-export business and traveled a lot. At this point I knew it was a scam and so I was looking to get something - proof of what he wanted done." So she gave him a fake address and put on her detective hat.
Searching the internet, she discovered Redden was using someone else's picture.
12/06 - He sounds like someone you might want to take home to meet your parents.
People on the pictures are not associated with scammers in any way, they are just victims of identity theft.
If you are contacted by somebody using these pictures on a dating site or a social network, you are being scammed.
Now she was all by herself in a house secluded at the end of a long gravel driveway. At first, she just tiptoed around the many dating sites, window-shopping in this peculiar new marketplace. It wasn't until the fall that Amy was ready to dive in.
Later, when she puzzled over their relationship, she'd remember this. That had been a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. After the funeral, a grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice.
The ABC understands she has recovered about 0,000, or 40 per cent of the money she transferred overseas.