Malyasia dating scams
“These arrangements only end up in heartbreak,” said Bowdich, who was flanked by officials with the Internal Revenue Service, the state Attorney General’s Office and several investigators with local law enforcement agencies.Bowdich said anyone can be duped, from older people such as Kathy who just want companionship, to young men who fall for photos of pretty girls to people in the LGBT community.But even now, 83-year-old Kathy thinks a civil engineer from Washington named Fred, who chatted her up online and promised marriage as long as she wired money to Malaysia, loves her.“To this day, she does not consider herself to be a victim,” said Kathy’s son Dave Weil.Another is called the “Business Email Compromise” or BEC scams where hackers target businesses that typically conduct wire transfers.• Photos: FBI on B. Sometimes, businesses are asked by those who they think are their typical vendors to wire money to an alternate, fraudulent account. When the most beautiful woman in the world wanted to marry me, it was too good to be true.” Mc Murray said he worked with the FBI and sure enough, the woman wanted to deposit ,000 into his bank account, and have him send it to an address in Georgia. ring that had taken money from a Beverly Hills company and wanted to use Mc Murray to help them.Another scam involves mimicking a CEO’s e-mail address, which is then used to fool an employee in the company responsible for processing wire transfers. Tim Mc Murray, a 61-year-old Gardena man, said he almost became what’s called a “money mule” when he met a woman on in late December. The woman, if she was a woman the FBI said, was part of a B. Mc Murray said he went online to meet a nice lady as a promise to his dying mother, but he learned a lesson. “To this day, she thinks this guy is real.”Weil described how his mother was part of an online dating scheme during an FBI press conference Monday in West Los Angeles, which was held to warn the public about an increase in financial scams targeting the lovelorn.
But unless online dating users recognize the warning signs and come forward quickly, the crimes are hard to stop and the perpetrators difficult to catch.
Bowdich said the FBI is in contact with dating sites but the agency is more interested in educating the public with some advice:•Do not send money to someone you have not met and have no reason to trust.