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The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove that they are a real person so that the victim will send money for the flight. The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or illness of themselves or a family member.Scammers are very adept at knowing how to "play" their victims - sending love poems, sex games in emails, building up a "loving relationship" with many promises of "one day we will be married".This creates a false sense of attachment on the victim's part that so that the victim feels guilty refusing the scammer's requests for money.In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports about more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.Upon finding a target, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, such as providing an e-mail address or phone number, to continue the deception.
Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered.Another variation of the romance scam is when the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.A young woman will contact a victim and tell them of their plight: not being able to remove the gold from their country due to being unable to pay the duty or marriage taxes.Sensitive people are more vulnerable to online dating scams, based on a study conducted by the British Psychological Society.Per their results, sensitive and less emotionally intelligent people are more likely to be vulnerable to online dating scams. Martin Graff of the University of South Wales presented on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Nottingham, England. Graff said: "Perpetrators of dating scams simply set up false profiles on dating websites with the sole purpose of extracting money from their victims.
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