Internet Dating Investigations
What are internet-dating scams?
Internet dating scams are when scammers use dating websites, email, or social media to take advantage of those looking for romance online. An internet dating investigation will confirm the authenticity of online identities and aid in avoiding theft and fraud.
How do internet-dating scammers operate?
Online dating scammers will create fake profiles, including false pictures, names, and information, which is usually catered to the type of victim they hope to attract. They will then gain the trust of victims through loving words, heartfelt conversations, and even gifts in order to attempt theft of money or identity.
What is an online dating investigation?
An internet dating investigation is the use of a private investigator to reveal an online romantic partner’s identity and motives. We will take actions like gathering in-depth information across multiple platforms, conducting extensive background checks, and tracing messages back to their original sources. Ultimately, the data gathered by our investigators will be used to put the victim at ease, uncover potential criminal action, and prevent future fraudulent activities by turning evidence over to the police.
Common Internet Dating Scams
The Basic Swindle: The most common scam is when the con artist, after forming a relationship with their victim, requests money for seemingly valid reasons, like a family member in the hospital or a severe car crash. After the money has been sent, they cut contact.
Money Laundering: Money laundering is also a common scheme. It involves asking victims to send money or stolen objects, like laptops and cellphones, so that they are harder for the law to trace. Scammers also ask their victims to forward packages and cash checks.
Internet Scandal: A recently rising scam involves con artists growing so close to their victims that intimate photos and/or conversations take place. Scammers then publish this private information and will only remove it when given a large fee. Even then, there is no guarantee that the information will be removed.
Catfish: A term based on a heartbroken filmmaker’s movie, a catfish scam is when someone uses fake online profiles to appeal to their victims romantically. These scammers use fictitious names and photos to lure people in, sometimes for no other reason than to have a relationship