In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports of more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.
The scammer convinces their victim they are sincere until they are able to build up enough of a rapport to ask for thousands of dollars to help bring the gold into the victim's country.
The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove they are a real person so the victim will send money for the flight. The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or an illness, theirs or a family member.
The pro-dater differs from other scams in method of operation; a face-to-face meeting actually does take place in the scammer's country but for the sole purpose of manipulating the victim into spending as much money as possible in relatively little time, with little or nothing in return.
The scheme usually involves accomplices, such as an interpreter or a taxi driver, each of whom must be paid by the victim at an inflated price.
These scammers tell their victims they are lonely, or supporting an orphanage with their own money, or needing financial assistance because they can not access their own money in a combat zone, etc.
The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.Many romance scams, money payment, Nigerian advance fee scam, blackmail and extortionist scams occur in the West African, Russian, Ukrainian, American, and Trinidad and Tobago sites that rip off vulnerable westerners as of 2012 to 2016 according to Ukrainian authorities and the FBI. It has become one of the easiest ways to get into the relationship.Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance.Scammers prey on the victim's false sense of a relationship to lure them into sending money.Scammers are very adept at knowing how to "play" their victims - sending love poems, sex games in emails, building up a "loving relationship" with many promises of "one day we will be married".