The purpose of this book is to expose what I see to be a significant problem on the internet with respect to internet dating. Hundreds of thousands of marks, victims, and “scamees” are being robbed of their savings, retirement accounts, and money that they need to live on by these predator criminals preying on lonely individuals who are looking for a relationship. I first want to define the problem, then give you tips on what to look for in a scam, and then tell you what to do about it. Scamming is defined as a fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a dishonest individual or group in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value. Scams traditionally resided in confidence tricks in which an individual would misrepresent themselves. Synonyms include swindle, cheat, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double cross, gull, ripoff, con, fleece, shaft, hose, sting, bilk, diddle, rook, gyp, finagle, bamboozle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one, sticker, horn swaddle and stiff. The estimated annual loss in people’s monies from scamming of all types is in the billions of dollars. The most common type of romantic scam these days is that of “catfishing”. I will be telling you stories both of celebrity catfishing and just general catfishing. Catfishing is defined as pretending to be someone you are not by the use of fraudulent biographical information and/or fraudulent pictures. These pictures can be stolen from another individual on the internet or be the result of a private photography shoot. I can provide you with a couple head shots of each of the individuals who has a story. One of the easiest ways to quickly escape this trap is to ask for a picture of your love interest and compare it with the catfished photographs for which you can obtain with a reverse image search and I’ll show you step by step how to do it. Some of these criminals are master scammers (bosses) with hundreds or more cases in their experience portfolio. Don’t interact with them because they will win and you will lose.
80 percent of victims are male.
20 percent of victims are female.