60 Minutes Australia investigates the death of 67 year old widow Jette Jacobs from Wagin who was identified as a romance fraud victim by the Western Australia Police and Consumer Protection anti-fraud initiative Project Sunbird BUT had already gone to South Africa to meet a Nigerian man she'd fallen in love with online.
More than 6400 Americans say they were scammed after visiting dating websites in the second half of last year. The FBI is saying those people lost massive amounts of money. The victims are often older Americans trying to get back in the dating pool. Mireya Villarreal spoke to one of the victims who lost roughly $300000.
Oct 20, 2014 ... "I probably hear from five scammers a night," says Marko Budgyk, a Los Angeles financier who has frequented several online dating sites over the past 10 years. ... He found out when he discovered his photos were on a romance scam site warning about the same Nigerian crook who had stolen his photos.
Jul 22, 2015 ... We've all heard of on-line dating scams that try to get you to send money to someone in Ghana or Nigeria. But now, the number of people falling for those scams is growing at an alarming number. New statistics out for the last six months of 2014 show, more than 6,400 Americans say they were scammed ...
Feb 13, 2018 ... Just in time for Valentine's Day, the FBI is warning of online dating scams. The bureau received more than 15,000 reports linked to romance scams last year with more than half of those complaints involving losses of money. Over the past three years, those scams cost Americans up to $210 million.
Apr 29, 2012 ... Every month, Australians lose $10 million to online dating scammers who live in other countries and create fake profiles to woo them (see our special Romance Scam section). 60 Minutes Australia sought to capture one such scammer who moved from Nigeria to Malaysia to build a scam business.
Con artists scam victims on online dating websites out of thousands. ... Impostor scams can flourish wherever the Internet exists (Eastern Europe and Russia are also hot spots), but most dating fraud originates in Nigeria and Ghana, .... This was the third time that Dwayne had failed to show, the third last-minute catastrophe.