"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.Morrison's erstwhile Romeo claimed he needed her to "lend" him ,000 to deal with one of the many crises he had fabricated.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.
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.
Once the victim fell for the scammer, they’d convince them to send their own money or ask them to cash a counterfeit check and send back the cash, and receive the cash before the victim realized the check was bad.” (The Federal Trade Commission has a good primer on the scam here.) These scams are referred to as “Nigerian romance scams” because Nigeria is often the country from which they originate.
According to court documents, the investigation began in 2011 after a woman in Mississippi reported that a man she was in an online relationship with shipped and asked her to re-send “a parcel containing suspicious cellular phones.” During the investigation, the law enforcement discovered a large international conspiracy ring dating back to at least 2001.
The crimilanls struck up online romances with vulnerable people and then convinced them to send money, to accept and re-send packages usually containing stolen goods or goods purchased using stolen credit card numbers, or they just skipped the middleman and used personal information they acquired from the victims to take over their bank accounts and transfer their money to themselves.