As far as the women on the Zoosk dating site were concerned, the handsome silver-haired man was Martin, 58, a Danish-American widower. It came as a shock to Steve Bustin, 46, whose pictures had been used by scammers to woo women into romances. Not only had Bustin, who lives in Brighton, never visited the dating sites, he is gay and happily married to his husband. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
Based on the number of victims, this type of fraud was the seventh most commonly reported scam last year. Money-wise, it was the second costliest scam in terms of losses reported by those victims. There are scads of similar stories. An example of the rising trend of recruiting mules from dating sites is that of a woman who met somebody on a dating site who convinced her that he was a civil engineer. He promised her a job working at his side. Would the love of his life be up for traveling to South America to pick up the contract and carry it to him in London?
Scammers recruiting money mules on dating sites is on the rise, says FBI
Fraud officers are investigating 30 cases where people looking for partners have been scammed, often pawning jewellery and taking out loans as a result of the elaborate hoaxes. In a typical scam, the fraudster identifies potential victims through a dating site. He then tailors his personality to suit what the victim is looking for, for example a man in the army, and then finds a picture of someone in the military from the internet, which he will use in his profile.
They refused entry to one of our party as they made an assumption that they were too drunk. My friend had red eyes having come off a run of late shifts and No problems with any bouncers as people say, actually I found them friendly and funny.