A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victim's money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers ; or forcing the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf. Romance scammers create personal profiles using stolen photographs of attractive people for the purpose of asking others to contact them. This is often known as catfishing.
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Photograph: iStock. The pair were in touch for around a month before things took a romantic turn. She truly believed this man was genuine as she had found a profile online that matched his details. Chief Supt Walls said the second case involved a woman from north down in a case notified to the police on Sunday. Chief Supt Walls said that sadly these two women they will not get their money back as they gave it to the fraudsters voluntarily.
Updated May 31, Each week he's contacted by new women from around the world who have fallen in love with him and, in some cases, emptied their bank accounts for him. They've committed everything, all their financial resources, and now to find out that it's not true, it was all fake," he told Four Corners.
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