Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common.There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC.If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.Has anybody ever been scammed by a guy going by the name of either Bryan Mars or Chris Mark?My Mom was just recently BADLY scammed by the one going by Chris Mark.Now were trying to get her out of the financial mess. I was also scammed by a man claiming to be in the US military.He was stationed in Germany, but recently moved back to the states, Maryland.He asked for Itune cards and asked for money for his daughter.He claimed that he is a widower, he said that his wife died in a car accident 2 years ago in a car that he had bought for her on her birthday.