Below is the sad story of the victim of a super-scammer: a highly advanced Russian scammer who duped this man out of ,625 and broke his heart. On 7 April 2006 I received an email from a lady named Sofiya through an internet dating site. We then started exchanging emails and photos and I was fooled by her emotional and warm words.
The slight difference in Sofiya's technique compared to other scammers was that she answers questions in detail.Love scammers pretend to be looking for love, engage the affection of their possible victims by using photos from the internet to present a gorgeous view of themselves.They often target people on dating sites or in chat rooms and will repeatedly say that they are in love promptly in an effort to make the victim fall for them.She even talked about some local issues and cultural matters too.When I asked her why such a beautiful young lady is interested in me, she said that Russian men are alcoholics and that they do not respect women. I challenged Sofiya before she asked me for any money and said that her communication style fits perfectly into the "scam pattern".Still, she shrugged it off, until her friends sent her a screen shot of a girl named "Kim." “That is when it hit home, when I saw my face on a bio that had nothing to do with me,” Shotwell told NBC News.Romance scams are nothing new, but the rise of social media has made it even easier for modern criminals to stitch together believable personas from publicly available photos and bits of information.Shotwell said that the photos that her friends saw on Tinder were were images she had posted on Facebook, which she has since made private.In 2012, online dating scams — at least the ones that were reported — cost Americans more than million, according to statistics from the multi-agency Internet Crime Complaint Center.The popular dating app Tinder claims it has made more than 1 billion matches among its users since launching less than two years ago. Last month, Kristin Shotwell, 21, was walking home from class when her friend told her that he had seen her profile pop up on Tinder while visiting the University of Georgia in Athens.There was one problem: Shotwell, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, had been nowhere near Athens at the time and had never signed up for Tinder.