Investigators in the Trustify network are also available to help verify whether someone is a scammer through catfishing and online dating investigations.A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.For a start, all of his friends weren’t what you’d expect - not many soldiers and not much in the way of family”.Despite the profile having recent activity, posts from what appeared to be a continuous deployment, and even comments and praise from friends, there were plenty of signs that Peter’s identity had been faked.“You’d at least expect to see plenty of activity from loved ones, as well as posts about important life events like the birth of a niece or nephew, or the birthday of a sibling or parent.” Additionally, the man was claiming to be in his 50s, an appropriate dating age bracket for Phoebe, the client.Phoebe decided to continue her relationship, despite the evidence that the man she was seeing wasn’t who he claimed to be. “I told her what she was getting into, and what to expect as the scam developed - but she went ahead with it.”You may be thinking “What’s the worst that can happen? In reality, these scams are real money spinners for the people behind them, and the perpetrators often extract thousands from their victims.According to Melanie, they work in groups of up to 12, creating networks of fake profiles that support each other and provide the network with legitimacy.Please share this article to make sure everyone knows the dangers of online relationships.
Also, a reverse lookup of Peter’s Facebook pictures revealed no less than 12 Facebook profiles using the same photos as Peter's. Scammers often use pictures of soldiers because they appear forthright and credible - after all, no one wants to question a serviceman, and who can resist a man in uniform anyway?The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.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.Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.
However, the photos show a man who can’t be much older than his early to mid-30s.