Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The visitor is often taken to a dimly lit back room and given a menu with small print.
Sometimes, the visitor’s beverages will be spiked with drugs to impair vision and/or judgment.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.