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FBI Issues Advisory About Online Dating Scams

FBI Issues Advisory About Online Dating Scams 1

Once again, online dating services warn of trust/romantic scams that build relationships and then convince users to provide their financial or other information, as well as send money, according to the FBI alert.

“In 2017, more than 15,000 people filed complaints with the FBI ‘s Internet Complaints Center (IC3), claim that they were victims of dating fraud and report more than $211 million in losses,” the FBI said in an appeal. “In 2018 the number of the victims who filed these complaints increased more than to 18,000 people, at the same time losses made more than 362 million dollars – growth more than for 70 percent in comparison with previous year”, – it is said in the statement.

Dating fraud is in second place 7 the number of fraud complaints received in the IC3, and second in the amount of cheating in terms of loss of victim, “the alert said.

Agari pursued one of the cyberband, dubbed “Scattered Canary,” which plays online dating. The company releases the Threat Actor Dossier on an African gang that began as Operation Lone Wolf and has evolved into an organization expanding its reach through business tactics.

“Losses related to romantic scams tend to be tracked independently, romantic and BECK scams are very close cousins when it comes to fraud. In almost all cases investigated by our team, when the bank details of the phishing e-mail included the name of the person, this person was an unwitting participant in the BES game, “- the dossier says.

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