Russian mafia dating scams
Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.)”Presumably the reason for the liberal use of single quotes around the word “she” in Hot Lips’ account is because, of course, the odds are as good as not that the person behind the scam may be of the Y-chromosome variety, and not a woman at all.Hey, it doesn’t really matter, because they have no intention of ever meeting you in person anyways.In one such example, recently reported by the Register, a man using the account name of “Hot Lips” recounts his experience with a Russian dating scamstress, explaining that “After some correspondence, ‘she’, confessed that ‘she’ actually lived in Omsk, Russia.This was all accompanied by some very nice pictures of someone.She starts a charming, and rapidly deepening correspondence, gets her target hooked, and then it comes: the request for money.
There are variations on what the money is for, but usually it’s for a plane ticket.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Love scammers prey on those looking for companionship and affection, and turn that against them in a completely cynical manner.
Usually, the scammer is a man pretending to be a woman to snare a male victim, although some scammers are female, and some male scammers target female or gay victims.
Many of the scammers are based in Russia and surrounding areas, and there are suggestions that the Russian mafia may be deeply involved in dating scams. Scammers use legitimate dating sites and chat rooms to find victims, or general interest websites like My Space, and some create fictitious dating sites just to snare victims.