Protecting vulnerable clients from romantic scams

Valentine’s Day, the holiday people traditionally associated with romantic missives, chocolates and candlelight dinners can have an entirely different meaning for lonely and naïve. With the surge of online dating sites and myriad attractive profiles, how can private investigators guide a vulnerable clients through the practice of differentiating between the scumbags and the sincere romantic prospects?

According to the Better Business Bureau, “Most romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites, created by stealing photos and text from real accounts or elsewhere. Scammers often claim to be in the military or working overseas to explain why they can’t meet in person. Over a short period of time, the scammer builds a fake relationship with their target, exchanging photos, romantic messages, evening talking on the phone or through a webcam.”

A frequent characteristic of this kind of scam, according to the State Department, is a money request toggled to a child in need of surgery or a legal expense to — More—

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