Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
(KMSP) - If you ever wondered how someone can fall for a scam on the internet, blame social engineering.
Instead, the Minnesota woman found a man who conned her out of a small fortune, ,000, before they even met in person.
Not long after, his foray into allowed him to sift through possible wives-to-be.
In a short span of time, this online quest led him to what he believed to be a romance scammer.
While his participation led to the arrest of a money mule in Georgia, investigations into this case of advanced catfishing are still ongoing. In a press conference held last week, David Bowdich, FBI’s Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office alerted officials and partners on trending online schemes, particularly the ongoing rise of BEC schemes and online dating scams—including the case of Mc Murray, which showcases a mix of both tactics.
Perpetrators of this kind of scheme play on a target’s emotions and “groom” them into becoming an unknowing accomplice by becoming money mules for illegal fund transfers.