Dating Scams And Internet Fraud
GREVESGROUP® is providing you the investigation service of internet frauds and dating scams. Our experts in computer forensics instruct our clients how to secure them from frauds and scams on internet. By analyzing the server and terminal data, our experts will separate and keep the evidence intact which might reveal the methods and identities of individuals responsible for fraud, embezzlement and criminal or inappropriate conduct.
The rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the prevalence of the internet offer an alternative venue for romantic endeavours. Internet daters experience excitement when they interact with other people through new, digital mediums. Four factors make online dating attractive to customers. First, individuals do not have to leave their homes or workplaces to date. Matchmaking sites are open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing daters to remotely scan profiles at their convenience. Second, the anonymity feature of the internet allows individuals to participate privately in dating without the oversight of others or the fear of stigma. Third, interactive online dating allows customers to experience new forms interaction, such as live chats, instant messaging, flirtatious emotions etc.
The crime occurs on both dating sites and social networking sites (our focus is currently on online dating sites). Someone creates a fake profile (often with an attractive photo stolen). They contact the potential victim and attempt to get them off the dating site as quickly as possible, spending sometimes a couple of months, other times many months grooming the potential victim: telling them how much they love them and how they want to marry them.
The scenario often involves the scammer living in another country (e.g., American soldier in Iraq, American working in Nigeria) and that they have delayed for some reason to leave their post/job etc to meet the person. For various reasons they start to request money from the victim (e.g., for illness reasons, child sick, or for all the reasons often offered up in the 419 scam money needing to be released from Ghana, Nigeria etc). They typically ask for small amounts of money first and then keep upping the stakes making it difficult to get out once it has started. The criminals are very clever in the ways that are able to gain trust in these victims and make their stories seem believable to them.
Internet frauds target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. Fake lotteries, advance-fee frauds, get-rich-quick schemes and miracle health cures are some of the favoured means of separating the unwary from their money.
Hackers- Hackers are those tech savvy individuals who hack into websites either to steal credit cards or to host Phishing scams. They hack into novice user computers and can use them as BOTS (a chain of computers which can be controlled simultaneously). These compromised computers are exploited to the maximum extent by hackers. They can use BOTS to:
- Send millions of spam emails
- Build Proxies and Socks
- Host Phishing scams
- Send Phishing emails
- Steal victim's personal and financial credentials using key loggers and sell them to fraudsters
Socks & Proxies Vendors - These vendors sell VPN, socks and proxies to other fraudsters which are used to change the IP address and make a successful fraudulent transaction or stay anonymous while committing crime.
Pin Cashers - The PIN cashers are a group of fraudsters who specialize in making a replica of the ATM cards using compromised Bank Algorithm and then cash at ATM's on a commission basis. The data is supplied by hackers who hack in to bank's databases or other fraudsters who steal card information using ATM skimmers or Phishing scams.
Bank Drops - The role of these guys is to provide bank accounts to make fraudulent online transfers or bill pays using stolen credentials. The accounts provided by these fraudsters are of innocent victim accounts, who are lured by dating scams and job scams.
Our team of cyber crimes is expert to obtain the information about the person who is behind the crime and give you guidelines for the prevention of loss in future. If you are facing such problems we are always stand by with you to sort out your problems. We continuously strive to help you to provide a consistently high standard of service and understand the extensive enquiries related to the Insurance sector. We discuss all the issues in complete confidential manner which is also included non disclosure agreement where necessary. To obtain more comprehensive information related to our Insurance Investigation Services you may inquire on [email protected].