Love scams occur when a criminal assumes a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. The scammer then uses the illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and/or steal from the victim. The criminals who perform Romance Scam are experts at what they do and will appear genuine, caring and credible. Scammers of this type are present on most dating and social media sites.
The scammer’s intention is to establish a relationship as quickly as possible, to endear himself to the victim and to gain trust. Cheaters can propose marriage and make plans to meet in person, but it will never happen. Eventually, they will ask for money. Scammers often say they are in the construction industry and are involved in projects outside the United States. This makes it easier to avoid a face-to-face meeting and more plausible when they ask for money for a medical emergency or an unexpected legal fee.
If someone you meet online needs your bank account information to deposit money, they are most likely using your account to run other theft and fraud schemes.