Women, if you are into online dating instead of meeting a potential Romeo in a bar, take note: FBI’s cyber complaint center IC3 is warning about a scam in which certain web Lotharios are after much more than just your heart.
Generally, romance scams entail a fraudster asking potential victims to wire funds for various reasons. In this new, updated version of the ploy, scammers are claiming affiliation with IC3 to add a sense of legitimacy to the scam. One complaint alleges a scammer posed as an IC3 investigator and claimed to be using his personal email as the IC3 database is under maintenance.
To convince the victim to send the requested funds, the scammer said he had been assigned to the case and assured the victim the subject had been “interrogated and investigated” and that he is a safe, “legit business man.”
Other complainants reported having difficulty canceling their membership to a particular dating site, which reportedly offers a “3-day free membership” for its service. The membership is reportedly “automatically” renewed after the three days, unless canceled. Consumers reported the website renewed their membership and charged their credit card more than $59 despite their attempts to cancel the membership.
Some complainants said the company did not answer their calls, emails or voice mail messages, while others claimed the company admitted the “error” and offered them free service but would not refund the charges.