The scammer carefully selects the victim Being single and between the ages of 40-55 years are the main requirements a person must possess in order to end up in the scammer’s trap. Being alone at this age is not a natural event, but is almost always the result of coming out of an unsatisfactory married life, most of the time they have a separation, divorce, or widowhood behind them, and the idea of a new union the idea of a new union with another person creates a more fragile environment.
Often the person looks for new partner on dating sites, and it is here that the scammer hunts his victim. Social networks and sites for linguistic exchange also provide ideal opportunities to pursue his prey. Clearly their profiles are fake, but to make them believable they use photos “borrowed” from unsuspecting and honest people – because that is how they operate. Many times those whose identities are stolen s are true American soldiers, sometimes businessmen or Russian models. Certain factors determine the success of this scam:
• Step 1) The victim is unfamiliar with this kind of scam.
• Step 2) The scammer preys on the emotional needs of the victim.
• Step 3) Silence. If the victim were aware of this type of scam, that is, was informed on the tactic of priming, of targeting, and the damage that can result from being prey, certainly the scamming would stop immediately .
The scam is blocked! Very often the scammer asks the victim to tell no one of their love story, or his requests for money, in this way dominating his prey. The con man usually succeeds in this goal especially when one considers that the victim is unfamiliar with this kind of deception. Because people do not know what’s behind all this, allows them to easily become the ideal victims of these scams. The scammer will spend some time chatting with the victim, enabling him to gather as much information as possible, with this information the scammer will build a story perfect for the victim, that is to say, the most beautiful love story. This is a very delicate phase because the scammer builds on the victim’s emotional needs, not hesitating to have intimate talks about sex or God or religion. The scammer will not agree to appear in video and call: 97% of the scams occur in email, chat or instant messaging. They may also occur in social networking. When the scammer realizes that the victim is emotionally captured in the relationship, he sends the first request for money. Very often these financial requests occur because the scammer has a sudden “problem”. He then promises to repay the victim just as soon as the difficulty is solved Two or three remittances might be sent before the victim becomes aware of the scam and understands that they will not see their money again and, above all, that they will never see the person they thought they loved. The disappointment in love and the shame of having been so naive can push the victim into a conspiratorial silence. To protect oneself it is crucial to know the whole mechanism behind this type of scam. To tell one’s story, even if painful, while maintaining anonymity, creates information. Speaking creates information, information creates education, education creates prevention. We must understand and respect the victims and not subject them to ridicule. We reiterate that behind these scams are real organizations, often linked to terrorism, and sometimes entire nations lose huge amounts of money every year because their unsuspecting citizens fall victim.
Information is the only preventive tool!
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