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Michael's story was that he was a Frenchman, who lived in Auckland (he had an Auckland phone number) who had to travel to South Africa for work.
Victims—predominantly older widowed or divorced women targeted by criminal groups usually from Nigeria—are, for the most part, computer literate and educated. And con artists know exactly how to exploit that vulnerability because potential victims freely post details about their lives and personalities on dating and social media sites.
Trolling for victims online “is like throwing a fishing line,” said Special Agent Christine Beining, a veteran financial fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston Division who has seen a substantial increase in the number of romance scam cases.
'I love you, I want to marry you.' He just knew all the things to say.
He totally had me hooked into his scheme." Kabak who has long been an internet user, was drawn into an internet romance scam.
Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.