Online dating money scams
In this scam the scammer will contact the victim and explain that either they or some close family member has had some tragic accident or medical emergency and will die or suffer grave consequences unless you send them enough money to pay for the medical fees.
Typical scenarios include traffic accidents, brain hemorrhages, heart attacks, kidney operations etc.
Also, make it clear that you will never send any money to anyone you meet online.
Remember when the money sending stops the scamming will too.
Shortly later they will tell you they need additional money for a passport, visa fees, transportation to the airport and miscellaneous expenses.
In some cases they will also tell the victim that the visa requirements state that they need to have a certain amount of money in their bank account so they can proof to the immigration official that they have sufficient funds for their visa.
According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.
In 2016, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
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Most Filipino dating scammers work on the principle of low value, high volume scamming.