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Romance ScamsScams A 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. Can Lead To Identity TheftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources.

In fact, every stolen photo placed on a fake profile is stealing that person’s identity.  Yours may be being used also!

We do our best to record and expose this practice of photo identity theft and offer expert witness testimony against dating websites that allow this practice to continue.  However, these scams can not only lead to money losses, but also the theft of YOUR identity.  

Have you ever checked your own photos on Google or TinEye?  Your should do this regularly.  Also make sure ONLY your friends can view your Facebook profile – have you allowed scammers to view it? Then your photos may be the next fake profile they create!

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To learn more about Identity Theft and find resources to help: 

Visit  The Identity Theft Council

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