Maria deposited the check and sent the money, but was soon contacted by her bank, which told her the check was bad and she had to repay the ,500.
This is all a build-up for the scam artist’s real goal: conning a victim out of money.
This scam has also lead to incidents of suicide in cases where victims have lost their life saving and have been emotionally destroyed.
These scams have proliferated with the increase use of social media – social networking sites and dating sites.
Other variations include the fraudster presenting situations of emergency/ urgency, such as a sick family member, and seeking financial assistance from the victim for various costs.
Some incidents have also occurred at the local level and involved the victims actually meeting the suspects to go out on dates and meeting at the victim residence.