Internet dating money laundering scams

This way, they’ll persuade you to click on the links contained by their messages and access a website that looks legit, looks like the real one, but it’s actually controlled by them.

But this much is clear: He obtained at least

But this much is clear: He obtained at least $1 million in laptops and other stolen electronic gear and obtained at least $730,000 from his victims. Women over 50 suffered more than 61 percent of the financial losses in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

So if you determine you’re a romance scam victim, report the crime to your police department, IC3.gov, FTC.gov, your local FBI or Department of Homeland Security office and any Internet dating sites where you “met” your scammer. Steven Baker recently retired as director of the Federal Trade Commission's Midwest Region in Chicago, a position he has held since 1988.

The Region covers the central United States, and the office does primarily consumer protection work for the Commission, concentrating on consumer fraud matters such as telemarketing and spamming.

Aside from the dating websites, the romance scammers sometimes use Facebook and other social media (sending “friend” requests, for instance).

Women are not the only victims; males have been targeted, too.

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But this much is clear: He obtained at least $1 million in laptops and other stolen electronic gear and obtained at least $730,000 from his victims. Women over 50 suffered more than 61 percent of the financial losses in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).So if you determine you’re a romance scam victim, report the crime to your police department, IC3.gov, FTC.gov, your local FBI or Department of Homeland Security office and any Internet dating sites where you “met” your scammer. Steven Baker recently retired as director of the Federal Trade Commission's Midwest Region in Chicago, a position he has held since 1988.The Region covers the central United States, and the office does primarily consumer protection work for the Commission, concentrating on consumer fraud matters such as telemarketing and spamming. Aside from the dating websites, the romance scammers sometimes use Facebook and other social media (sending “friend” requests, for instance).Women are not the only victims; males have been targeted, too.

million in laptops and other stolen electronic gear and obtained at least 0,000 from his victims. Women over 50 suffered more than 61 percent of the financial losses in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

So if you determine you’re a romance scam victim, report the crime to your police department, IC3.gov, FTC.gov, your local FBI or Department of Homeland Security office and any Internet dating sites where you “met” your scammer. Steven Baker recently retired as director of the Federal Trade Commission's Midwest Region in Chicago, a position he has held since 1988.

The Region covers the central United States, and the office does primarily consumer protection work for the Commission, concentrating on consumer fraud matters such as telemarketing and spamming.

Aside from the dating websites, the romance scammers sometimes use Facebook and other social media (sending “friend” requests, for instance).

Women are not the only victims; males have been targeted, too.