In a similar scheme, scammers ask victims to reship packages instead of redirecting funds.
In these examples, victims risk losing money and may incur other expenses, such as bank fees and penalties, and in some instances face prosecution.
Victims who have agreed to meet in person with an online love interest have been reported missing, or injured, or in one instance, deceased.
IC3 complainants most often report the countries of Nigeria, Ghana, England, and Canada as the location of the scammers.
If you are planning to meet someone in person that you have met online, the IC3 recommends using caution, especially if you plan to travel to a foreign country, and, at the very least: Even though it seems to be contrary to the thought of starting a new romance, do not be afraid to check a new acquaintance's story online.
In another scheme, scammers ask victims to receive funds in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or wire transfer, claiming they are out of the country and unable to cash the instruments or receive the funds directly.
The IC3 is warning the public to be wary of romance scams in which scammers target individuals who search for companionship or romance online.Someone you know may be "dating" someone online who may appear to be decent and honest.Scammers also ask victims to send money to help overcome a financial situation they claim to be experiencing.These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims.
However, be forewarned: the online contact could be a criminal sitting in a cyber café with a well-rehearsed script that scammers have used repeatedly and successfully.
Scammers search chat rooms, dating sites, and social networking sites looking for victims.