Dating ScammersDating scammersDating scammers or love scammers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often quickly move to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person. This is a relationship scam. targeting Gay and Lesbians online [this woman’s photo was stolen, she may not be gay]
Another New Trend In Dating ScamsScamsA Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.
Lately, Dating or Romance Scammers in Ghana, Nigeria, and the Philippines are giving significant focus on Gays & Lesbians for their scamming.
Why? Generally because they tend to be more open and vulnerable, and trusting – less skeptical. This makes them perfect targets for scammers. The path that Gays and Lesbians walking when looking for love can be more challenging, and requires more faith. This allows the scammerScammerA Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. to drill in and hook them.
They are also far less likely to report this crime, fearing that the authorities will not take their loss seriously. Plus, in some of the countries this originates from in Africa, being gay is still a significant crime.
In the end, it ends the same. The scammer reaps their money, leaving another broken heart in the dust.
Another aspect of these Romance Scams, is that scammers also try to turn normal Dating Scams into Blackmail Scams – believing that gays and lesbians are also more vulnerable to this.