Names and other details have been changed to protect the privacy of the victim. It all started when I met a man on a dating site on July 9, His name is Anthony. An engineer by profession, lives in New York, a widower and has a 9 year old daughter. He claimed that he was on a construction project on-going at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he intends to see me once his project is done. After a few days of exchanging emails through the dating site, he asked for my personal email address so it would be easier for us to communicate.
Eventually, we started chatting via Yahoo messenger and also talking on Skype almost every single day for more than an hour. The first time I got suspicious was when he asked me to let him use my personal bank account for his business transactions.
He said that his client would be sending him some funds for the purchase of materials in Singapore and all I needed to do was to give them the money.
I was lured by his promises that the transaction was legitimate and he would never do anything to hurt or harm me. I gave in and sent him all the information that he requested.
Weeks had passed before an actual fund transfer took place.
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The money amounted to sgd. He instructed me to withdraw sgd and, on the same day, his partner came to my office and picked up the money. He told me to keep the rest of the money because he would be needing it once he came over here to be with me.
I was reluctant and kept questioning him about the purpose of the transaction. This put him in a defensive manner.
Then, the next day he asked me to transfer some funds using the remaining money to Cairo, Egypt to be used for legal paperwork for the properties that he had acquired from his deceased father.
I told him that I was not able to do the transaction because I had been warned by Western Union staff about this kind of scam and I had had enough of it.
Aug 10, The consumer watchdog is joining forces with government anti-money laundering agents to crack down on internet dating scams. The Australian transactions reports . Mar 06, Grand Jury Indicts 8 in Online Romance Money Laundering Scam. the defendants laundered the funds from a scheme to seduce victims throughout the United States using dating websites like susanneill.com and then defrauding them of millions of dollars," U.S. Attorney Glassman said. Aug 17, Money Laundering Links Romance Scams To Corporate Cyberattacks. Agari recently analyzed the contents of 78 criminal email accounts captured from 10 .
The following day, a different person came to get the cash. After a few days, I received a call from my bank asking me about the fund transfer in my account and was told that it had been recalled. I was told that I needed to return the money because there was an investigation being done.
Aug 07, Scammers are using dating sites and apps not only to scout for lovesick men and women before bilking them out of money, but also to recruit 'money mules' for laundering funds obtained in. Aug 06, FBI Issues Cyber Alert As Organized Criminals Drive Dating Site Fraud Up 70The shift from basic fraud to money laundering is a significant worry for Author: Zak Doffman. Oct 09, The criminals operating such money laundering schemes often use online dating as a means of finding new victims. In this case, the criminal and his fellow scammers have attempted to extract even more money from Jennifer by pretending to be an FBI agent and demanding a payment to secure her innocence.
The person who sent the money is filing a case against Anthony and my name is included as an accomplice. The criminals trick their victims into accepting fake or stolen cheques or allowing money from hijacked bank accounts to be transferred to them.
Victims are then asked to send a portion of the funds via a transfer system such as Western Union. In this way, the criminals have effectively turned the proceeds of crime into untraceable cash while leaving their victim to face the legal and financial consequences. In this case, the criminal and his fellow scammers have attempted to extract even more money from Jennifer by pretending to be an FBI agent and demanding a payment to secure her innocence. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Obviously, romance scammers also scout for victims on social media, where, just like on dating sites, they lure victims with fake online profiles, creating attractive personas and elaborate plots. Here are two more articles and a video about dating fraud, complete with recommendations for how to stay safe.
When love becomes a nightmare: Online dating scams. FBI warns of romance scams using online daters as money mules Up to 30 percent of romance fraud victims in are estimated to have been used as money mules.
Up to 30 percent of romance fraud victims in are estimated to have been used as money mules.