After some initial online getting-to-know-each-other, in which the scammer knows exactly what to say and which buttons to push in order for his or her victim to feel like this could be true love, the couple will start discussing how to meet each other in real life.And just when this is about to happen, the scammer unexpectedly runs into trouble (usually a medical emergency with their family), and they desperately need money to make sure everything will be okay and they can finally meet each other.And in order to cash in, they play a very sophisticated game of seduction, deception and manipulation.
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It may seem like something you would never fall for, but remember these scammers are very good at seduction and manipulation, they know how to play someone and how to make themselves seem trustworthy.
They have an answer for every resistance and are experts in making their requests seem like the most normal thing to do.
Most people will be familiar with the kind of online scams that send fake e-mails from banks, asking them to click a link and enter their password, or messages from unknown Africans willing to share their million-Euro inheritance with the recipient of the e-mail, but not before for their notary fees are paid for first.
These kinds of scams are getting less and less successful as ever more people are aware of this form of online fraud.
But what most people are unaware of, is that dating fraud is actually one of the largest and most successful forms of online scams.