Please see our Commenting Policy for more. Police say that both of the victims believed they were in relationships but had never met the person who they believed they were dating. Andre Johnson says there have been other instances in which people in the region have been scammed through online dating, but the size of these incidents prompted Waterloo police to issue a warning for others. They also urge the public to be cautious when someone says they are facing an emergency that requires financial assistance early in any relationship. Police also recommend an image search to make certain that any photos sent by a potential date are not stock images or taken from another individual.
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Officials are warning of scams originating on online dating services after an Oregon man lost money believing he was entering a personal and business relationship with a person posing as a Florida woman. Officials say the scammer stole a Florida woman's identity and, over several months, developed a long-distance romantic relationship with the man after meeting on an online dating service. After developing a relationship, the scammer proposed a business investment opportunity, complete with forged supporting financial documents, to cover transportation costs for bringing what was described as a ton marble lion sculpture from China to a Florida art gallery. Towing Board: Oregon may create Towing Board to take complaints, punish predatory tow companies. As more individuals utilize online-dating services to find romance, scammers found fertile ground for targets of financial crimes. The practice of creating fake profiles on the sites using false information and stolen photos of others to trick targets into romantic relationships became known as catfishing after a documentary. David Davis Salem Statesman Journal.
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The unnamed year-old Roswell, Georgia man lost the money after being duped into thinking he was in a long-distance relationship with a woman in Dubai, according to a Friday report from WSB. Family members learned of the scam when they noticed text messages from the fraudster after the man was admitted to the hospital. Police are said to looking at the case with the aid of computer forensics and could involve federal authorities in the investigation. Newsweek reached out to the Roswell Police Department for additional information but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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