So let’s take a look at who these scammers target and how they find their victims.
This may be important for companies or organizations who may want to identify employees who could be vulnerable to such attacks.
Scammers change names, identities, the photos they steal and use more often than most of us change our underwear.
There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.
They seem to be getting better at disguising their scams and targeting their victims and, since almost all romance scammers who target women are from Nigeria, attacks have probably increased because the Nigerian economy is on the rocks.
This may be the first time anyone has tied the increase in romance scams to the falling price of oil.
In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.
I wrote previously on romance scams ( ) and, from time to time, I have received comments and requests from women (they were all women) who were scammed or were wondering if they were being scammed.
Because such communications have shown a sharp increase recently, I suspect that these scammers 1) are getting better, 2) have become more numerous, or 3) have, for some reason, ramped up their attacks.
If that online dating profile sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
One in ten profiles is fake, according to research from dating website Seeking Arrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.