After they groom their victim and earn their trust, they then start having them pick up and ship items to them that are usually bought with stolen credit card information.
They create an entire mini network of package sending through out their ring of victims to attempt to keep things as untraceable as possible.
The user selects they type of profile they wish to create and within seconds they are ready to start mingling online with their fake profile.
There are many reasons why someone would create a profile that was not legitimate.
Some sites are better at weeding them out than others. So they may appear local but are really in a different location.
For example, detecting proxies, common ip addresses, email blacklists, image matching and user reporting are just a few techniques used to fight dating scams. All you have to do is save the image to your desktop, go to google image search and upload the image. Usually you can find this information out for free.
This was only possible due to the focus of your site bringing like minded people together.
” “ I first joined veggieconnection (omisinurheart) after not having luck on other vegan sites.
Devin (shadowski) and I made our first visit together back in May.
We are planning to move in together this October and fight for animal rights while becoming better vegans. I'd never know this love without him and your site.
The stories they give are along the lines of working over seas, usually in some high paying job like gas and oil. They will try to get your personal information such as address and start sending their victims gifts. They will claim it is from someone who works for them and is still living in the United States or United Kingdom.
In reality these gifts are coming from someone else who is also being scammed by a fake profile.
Trying to make their fake profile seem as real as possible.