Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.
If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.
For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.
The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.And now it is not just a 'Boris The Blade' here and a Sergey there , "scamming" has become quite a large crime industry, where street-smart but not very ethical enterpreneurs rent office space, buy computers and supplies, and hire students with English skills to write and send scam letters. In all this one can even see some justice as if a weak one beats a strong one, a poor one wins over a rich one.Scamming even has a more colorful and "patriotic" name duping the riches. Of course, one needs to lull the conscience scammers sleep badly, as is well-known. And probably soon (how can one not believe in his own lucky star?! And quite soon an interested person from America, Canada, Britain or any other country finds out that a ukrainian girl named Elena has always dreamt about him in some russian nook. Right becomes sure that it is love sent him by God.