Once money has been sent to the criminals, they will delete the fake profiles and cease all form of communication.
Anyone who receives a similar type request from their online Date or believes they are a victim of this crime should report this matter to their local authorities.
The FBI is using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to remind all of the “lonely and vulnerable” online daters out there that criminals are lurking on their favorite dating websites.“Here’s how the scam usually works,” an FBI press release posted on Thursday reads.
First, you’re contacted by someone who appears interested in you.
You don't need to send money to someone to get your ID, the only thing you need to do is verify yourself in dating security sites and you will get the "verified" badge in your profile.
Dating ID Card License or Hookup ID is an online identification system required by almost all online dating sites nowadays to ensure the safety of their members, especially when talking to or meeting up personally with other members of the site.
“Your new-found ‘friend’ is going to ask you for money.” And if you comply, the friend will inevitably ask for more.
While everyone is at risk of getting looped into this type of scam, the most common targets are “women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled,” the FBI says.
Then, you might chat back and forth over the course of a few weeks or months, forming a connection.
“But ultimately, it’s going to happen,” the FBI warns.
Later, victims received text messages, either containing their names, asking if it was them or containing a statement that indicated their names were posted on a particular website.