The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.However you can now carry out this process virtually anywhere with online dating apps and sites.
There is no reason whatsoever that someone you connect with online needs your address or even your last name until after you meet. The trap many people fall into is staying in the "online zone" for too long.
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
They include the ghost mode – which allows users to appear invisible on the platform.
The user can view other profiles unnoticed and only people who you send message to can see you,” Mr Asmah said.