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The scammer convinces their victim they are sincere until they are able to build up enough of a rapport to ask for thousands of dollars to help bring the gold into the victim's country.
Dating & romance
Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance. Many dating sites will allow you to block the person to whom you're talking. As a general rule, if the person to whom you're talking asks for money in any context, they're a scammer. Common scammer profiles are modeled differently depending on whether they are male or female, but you'll usually see several of the following attributes if the person is a scammer: Views Read Edit View history. Online dating has been featured in popular culture. This can start out very innocently.