Often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact. They have even been known to phone their victims or even agree to meet in person. Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad.
You meet someone online. The “relationship” progresses over time; you email, talk on the phone and trade pictures. You begin to make plans to meet or you may even begin to talk about marriage. As the relationship continues, the requests start to change and they start asking for money to pay for their airfare or help with a visit to a sick uncle.
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