Have you or anyone you know been fooled by a romance scam? C’mon you’ve seen the emails. “I’m Yuliana and I’m from the Ukraine and want to get to know you better, here’s my picture.” Kinda email.
Well, This scam can take place on social networks such as dating sites, Facebook, or by receiving a simple email. This con job may take place for several months in order to gain your trust. In many cases, it can even get to a point where an in person meeting can be arranged. At this point, two things may take place:
- an “unpredictable” event occurs and the scammer needs money as soon as possible to renew his/her passport or other documents.
- Or worse, if you come from a wealthy family, you may be kidnapped and a large sum of money could be requested from your family. That’s why it’s very important to stay on good terms with your family, ya never know if they’ll pay your ransom.