He believes it is imperative that we stop and defeat these cyber criminals.This is a growing problem whose losses can be measured not only in the millions of dollars lost by victims but also by the emotional devastation each and every one of them experiences.In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
This scheme is becoming one of the worst crimes in American history since these criminals prey on the elderly’s good nature and kindness.They speak with British accents, something American women easily fall for. They will send you pictures of themselves and they're usually drop dead gorgeous. They are often shots of handsome models posing in hats, sunglasses, holding products like beer or wine standing in front of tall buildings in urban landscapes, or posing by expensive cars. What They Talk About As you chat for hours every day, scammers will find your weak spots."I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.She found out she had been cheated and sought police help nine months later, Lam said.Recently, I started working with a private client who was emotionally involved with a scammer. He was attentive, offered up beautiful poetry and had found a way to identify with her deepest pain.