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Love Scam Fighters and Resources

Users of Online dating websites are more likely to get scammed by love scammers, since millions of citizens visits online dating websites every day, hoping to find a better life partner and prospective companion. The love scammers are very good pretenders and they can easily pull money from lonely and vulnerable persons through a variety of scams. Recent statistics tells us that many U.S citizens have reported losing thousands of dollars through such scams. The aim of this article is to protect you from the criminals, who extract large sums of money in the name of "love".

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Websites fighting against Love Scam

1. Net Patrol
A love scam is not easy to detect. With most people chatting online and finding their partners through online dating sites, it is a little difficult to smell a genuine person from a scammer.

2. Anti-fraud of love scam
Nigeria: EFCC Arraigns Man for Love Scam

3. Fake Letters
Instead of sending spam letters that promise millions for your assistance, these scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online. They use psychological tricks to lure their victims in, use poetry and even gifts to get them under their spell, and then once you are there, will try to reach for your wallet, all the time declaring their "undying love" for you.

4. Better Business Bureau
BBB hears about a lot of scams, but this one is an important cautionary tale for this Valentine's Day.

5. Fake Letters
One of the cruelest type of online scammers are so called "love scammers" or "romance scammers". Mostly they are guys targeting single women, but in other cases its guys pretending to be young, pretty women who target men.

6. Dangerous Love
Dangerous Love - the costliest internet facilitated- scam in the nation.

7. ID Theft Center
What begins as an online flirting session turns to something more serious and when promised the undying love of another individual, victims will do things they otherwise would not. This includes wiring money to this new "love", providing banking information or other personal information.

8. ID Theft Center
What begins as an online flirting session turns to something more serious and when promised the undying love of another individual, victims will do things they otherwise would not. This includes wiring money to this new "love", providing banking information or other personal information.

9. Nigerian Man Bags
A 35-year-old Nigerian, Oshanugor James Anyasi, who duped a woman of a about 400 million (US$17,800), while promising false love to her, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Vietnamese court.

10. Nigerian Man Bags
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday arraigned Amodemaja Adeboye Quadri before Justice A. A. Aderemi of Oyo State High Court, Ibadan on a 4-count charge bordering on impersonation, marriage scam, and obtaining money by false pretences.

11. Computer Love Scam
According to law enforcement officials, the number of people who have been scammed has increased dramatically. And these scams have a real economic impact - billions of dollars. It's one thing to be scammed by identity theft or insurance fraud, but how about when the scammer hits your heartstrings as well as your wallet?

12. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soul mate. But as Valentine's Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.

13. Scammer Money
Sending money out of love, or sending scammer money?

14. Scam Watch
Scammers will go to great lengths to court their targets and trick them into thinking it's a genuine relationship. They often approach victims through legitimate dating websites or online forums, and then move the communication off the platform and away from any safeguards in place by the site provider, where they can manipulate victims into handing over money.

15. Department of Justice
Once the victim is head over heels, the new love interest claims to experience an emergency while traveling or working overseas and asks the victim to wire them money. The scammer convinces the victim that when everything is cleared up, they will come back to the US, continue the relationship in person and get married. Of course, that never happens. The victim loses up to thousands of dollars and the "new love" is never heard from again.

16. Commissioner for Victims Rights
Lonely hearts looking for a soul mate are being warned not to fall for a scammer today. Minister for Business Services and Consumers Gail Gago said Valentine's Day was a timely reminder about scammers, who prey on people during emotionally charged periods.

17. Commissioner for Victims Rights
More and more people are becoming the victim of scammers who troll online dating websites in search of lonely Australians. Their most common targets are middle aged women and men aged 30-55 years old.

18. Customs Warns
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is warning the public against so called internet "love scammers" targeting single men and women who are searching for love online and then extorting money from them using the name of the Bureau.

19. Looking for Love in Wrong Place
Financial fraud and identity theft are among the risks of looking for a mate online. The FBI estimates that the average loss from romance schemes is between $15,000 and $20,000.

20. Fraud Avengers
Tinder has cracked down on obvious spam, so scammers are getting more sophisticated in their approach. Your new match may start telling you to try an "amazing" new service or product.

21. Polish Victim
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said it recovered and returned 10, 540 Euros (N2.314million) to a Polish victim of Internet love scam.

22. Love Letter Mail Scam
On October 4, 2005, Karen Ann Erdely, 40, a Pennsylvania state prisoner, was sentenced to the maximum term of five years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The federal court found that she was the ringleader of a love letter scam that involved over a dozen female prisoners and defrauded 224 men of over $221,000. Erdely personally defrauded her victims of $106,261, which she was ordered to repay in restitution

23. Romance Scam
Scammers are on dating sites, and social networks setting up fake profiles. Scammers will pose under the disguise of beautiful pictures as either male or female claiming to be from the United States. The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working overseas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate. The scammers are good at what they do; they ask lots of questions of the victim regarding what they want in their lives.

24. Fraud Scam
Use caution and common sense when dealing with someone you haven't met in person. Never send money to someone that you have not met in person, no matter how compelling or heart-wrenching their story may be. Don't let your 'love' for your online suitor to allow you to be robbed blind.

25. Consumer Protection
He was the answer to her prayers. Before she knew it, her savings were gone. And the man of her dreams? He might not even exist.