Online dating impersonation

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"It is heartbreaking to hear these stories over and again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met and sometimes have never even spoken to on the phone." The majority of the "romance scams" as they have been dubbed, are being perpetrated on social media dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams often involve carefully worded romantic requests for money from the victim to purchase special laptop computers, international telephones, military leave papers, and transportation fees to be used by the fictitious "deployed Soldier" so their false relationship can continue.

The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address.

Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.

• Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.

Scammers will often make contact with potential victims through various social networking sites.

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