Brazilian dating scams messaging on dating sites
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.
He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.
Connie's personal posting on a popular site yielded a quick email from a purported career soldier stationed in Afghanistan.
The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
I laughed because I do not have a big scar on my chest. Said he was financially stable and just looking for a good and faithful wife. I think he finally figured I was on to him when he told me he was being deployed to West Africa in the morning. These men are scum and regardless of how alone you feel you can do so much better!
Never asked for money but pushed for a commitment to be his one and only woman. Met this guy at Luxy, WREDE LAURIE LEE, Naval Aqchitect and working on an oil rig.
"In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.