“And once a victim becomes a victim, in that they send money, they will often be placed on what’s called a ‘sucker list,’ ” she said.
Trolling for victims online “is like throwing a fishing line,” said Special Agent Christine Beining, a veteran financial fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston Division who has seen a substantial increase in the number of romance scam cases.
The man asked her to send several thousand dollars. "But get online and do some research about this person you’re talking to." Beining recommends searching for the person’s photo on other websites and doing a Google search.6. The most vulnerable people are those who are isolated.
She refused but still complained to law enforcement. "Be careful when someone is declaring their undying love for you and then refusing to meet in person," said Beining of the FBI. "You have to be willing to invest the time in the other person."5. To prevent this, ask a trusted family member or friend for a second opinion on your new admirer.
“When someone is using a computer to hide behind, the hardest thing to find out is who they are.
We can find out where in the world their computer is being used.