Every year, Internet users who are searching for searching for love are warned against romance scams. Scammers trap gullible Internet users through social networking sites and online dating sites for stealing money, extracting personal information and lure them to unsuspecting malware-infected sites. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are reminding netizens to be cautious of these scammers when they are cruising through the Internet in search of love on Valentineâ€™s Day. Pilice in Central Alberta have already reported that they have received complaints from two people who have been victims of Internet romance scams. According to their report, these two victims had to pay as much hefty price as $40,000 for their quest of love over Internet. Unfortunately, there are not just them. There are thousands of victims of Internet romance scams who had sacrificed their money, faith in relationships, identity and much more. However, they are too embarrassed to share or divulge details.
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Extortion is at its peak during Valentineâ€™s Day
Similar to these two victims in Red Deer, a leading money transfer company called MoneyGram has warned and reported of victims of romance scams. telephone operators of this company make around 30 calls to save Internet romance scam victims and refund their money of about $3,000. They call to report suspecting receivers, usually foreigners who fabricate make believe stories of emergencies, medical or hospital bills of sick children, surgeries and many more. Scammers target love birds and lonely people in search of love, profess their unconditional love and support for the victim and later, express their need for money. Within the span of January 2012 to March 2012, more than 11,000 incidences of romance scams are reported, confirmed by MoneyGram. Scammers spark online relationships with their prey when they feel loneliest after the holiday season and they take the relationship to a more serious level from a casual affair during Valentine’s Day. Most of these scammersâ€™ choices of profession vary between US citizens, working for military services or gemologist as they claim that their money is tied up in stones.
10 types of Valentine’s Day Scam
Bitdefender, the antivirus company has created an infographic which illustrates most common types of Internet romance scams internet users could be exposed to on Valentine’s Day. Click on the infographic below to open the image in larger size.
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