It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.Maria and Andrew seemed to hit it off and began planning a road trip for that summer when Andrew would come back to the U. Andrew sent Maria a check for ,000 to cover the cost of their trip, but then suddenly asked her to send ,500 back to him because he needed money for rent after being laid off from his job.If she had, it would have shown a history of arson and burglary charges from Weaver's tire services back in 2011, and that he was currently on parole.Dickson reportedly told the victim, after picking her up from her house, he was now her "dominant," she was his "submissive." "As long as she did what he said, she would be ok." According to authorities, Dickson raped her and kept her from contacting her mother with her phone.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
A recent study by Pew Research in Washington found that 30 percent of online daters search about their possible date before meeting them.