Before the advent of Internet dating, we used to head to various places to socialize and meet people — bars, pubs, clubs, parties, weddings, places of worship, and even the library.
It took physical effort and mental courage to walk up to someone and introduce oneself.
The fraudster’s webcam is mysteriously broken, but they heap praise on their victim and, with a combination of flattery and persistence, persuade them to take off their clothes or perform other intimate acts. They claim to have made a video recording and threaten to share the video with mutual social media friends or post the recording online unless the victim sends money.
Once the victim complies, the cycle begins anew, with demands increasing until the victim finally refuses.
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Now, with online dating websites and apps, it has become easy to find a partner — or in this case, a match — even from a different country if you wish.
You can start judging the person by looking at their picture and reading their profile details to see if they might be your type.
The strategies these fraudsters use are highly sophisticated.” Whitty, whose field is cyberpsychology, has acquired much experience working with victims of romance frauds.
In her view, victims experience double pressure: They blame themselves, and their friends and relatives blame them as well.
Also watch for a deluge of attention just after you create your profile.
If your profile contains just a few lines of text, no photo, and no set preferences, but you start getting message after message from potential suitors, chances are you’ve stumbled across a fake dating site.
Computers and servers in these virtual dating agencies filter the millions of people in their databases to find your closest match based on various criteria.