The FBI has issued a warning for Americans to be wary of “confidence/romance scams,” after the Bureau saw a 70% annual rise in reported fraud, where dating sites were used to trick victims into sending money, purchasing items or even laundering or muling money for people met online. The shift from basic fraud to money laundering is a significant worry for U.S. law enforcement and represents a nasty twist in the age-old problem of romance scams.
In 2018, more than 18,000 complaints were received with losses totalling more than $362 million. And, to state the obvious, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. For every reported incident there will be others where victims don’t come forward.
In particular the FBI warns, threat actors “often use online dating sites to pose as U.S. citizens located in a foreign country, U.S. military members deployed overseas, or U.S. business owners seeking assistance with lucrative investments.”
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The criminals are reported to be trawling through the private details of thousands of victims
Cyber conmen are targeting pensioners in the wake of the TalkTalk security hack and attacks on other major companies, it has been reported.
The criminals are reported to be trawling through the private details of thousands of victims , especially those aged over-65 as they believe the elderly are more vulnerable to fraudulent cold calls or emails.
It is believed that newly cash-rich pensioners are an attractive target as new legislation means they are able to withdraw all their retirement savings or pension pot in one go.
Hackers sell stolen data on the Dark Web using software that allows their identities to be hidden from the police.
Once conmen have bought these details they pretend to offer compensation for the data breach before asking for victims’ bank account details.
Some send emails with a message including a link that claims to direct victims to an official website.
But clicking on the link merely enables conmen to take over the victim’s computer and gain access to their bank account.
A cyber-crime officer said: “The fraudsters look for victims o their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
“Some of the conmen have call centre training which means they sound genuine when they call up pretending to be from a telecoms company.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “We are aware data stolen from TalkTalk had surfaced on the internet or criminal forums and have already taken proactive steps to remove any data where possible.”
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