He was lured into online fraud when he was unemployed.
Last week his parents protested that he had been made a scapegoat after playing a minor role in the crime, in which his identity card was used to pick up a cash payment from a victim. He doesn't even speak English," said his father Stefan.
Virtual relationships should follow a natural progression from emails to phone calls to eventually meeting in person.
If they want to jump to the last stage too quickly, something could be wrong. They are too perfect Con artists are skilled at creating attractive personas on online dating sites.
A classic scam is the "second chance auction," in which fraudsters contact an e Bay user who has just missed out on an item, offering them another chance to buy it outside e Bay rules.
The scammers persuade their victims to purchase the fictitious items using payment methods that do not allow them to recover the money.
Thankfully, there are warning signals to help you avoid becoming their prey: 1.
They are too attractive If your match looks like a model, think twice.
They’ll ask innocent-looking questions about you that make it look like they just want to get to know you, such as your date of birth, home address or family background.
Beware of these classics: • The down-to-earth single father who has fallen madly in love • The beautiful young foreigner who needs help Personas like these work well because the perpetrators are adept at creating believable situations that lower your guard.
They work hard to earn your trust before asking you for money.
However persuasive their story is – they might claim they have an “emergency” or that they need a “loan” – we strongly advise you NEVER to send money to someone you meet online.
If you’ve established a relationship in person for a significant length of time, you can assess for yourself whether giving them money is wise, but until then, don’t do it.
It’s an unfortunate fact that some people use online dating sites to scam money.