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In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.
Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.
The father said Taylor boasted he was a billionaire oil tycoon as he led the family, including a child with special needs, onto a special elevator and down to first-row seats, where everyone from ushers to spectators gushed what a good guy Taylor was. Attorney Jonathan Rebold requested a meaningful prison sentence, saying Taylor had more than 10 past contacts with the criminal justice system.
Only later, the father said, did the family learn Taylor 'was a fraud, a fake and a phony.'The father said his family, which lost a few hundred dollars, was duped by 'a very, very charismatic man.''It's easy to fall under his spell,' the father said. Rebold said Taylor from 2009 to 2016 boasted he was a billionaire businessman with oil and land interests in North Dakota to victims on online matchmaking and networking websites such as Match.com, e Harmony, Craigslist and Seeking Arrangement.
They then record their victims, play back the recorded images or videos to them and then extort money to prevent them from sending the recordings to friends, family, employers, often discovered via social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc.
The pro-dater differs from the other scams in method of operation; a face-to-face meeting actually does take place in the scammer's country but is devoted solely into manipulating the victim into spending as much money as possible in relatively little time, with little or nothing in return.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
At the same time, critics worry that the abundance of prospective dates available online is undermining relationships.
Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.
Falsified passport used in an actual internet romance scam.
John Edward Taylor, 48, who posed along the East Coast as a billionaire oil tycoon to scam women on internet dating sites out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is sentenced to nearly four years in prison A man who posed along the East Coast as a billionaire oil tycoon to scam women on internet dating sites out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on Thursday. The judge said 16 of Taylor's 24 victims from New York to Atlanta lost from several hundred dollars to more than ,000 after encountering his 'quest for money, respect, admiration and control.'She said some victims, who lost a total of more than 0,000, were left financially ruined while others had credit ratings ruined or were left suffering from fear, depression, anxiety and concern for their personal safety.
District Judge Laura Taylor Swain described John Edward Taylor, 48, as sick and dangerous as she ordered him to serve three years and 10 months in prison in addition to the 14 months he served after a related Virginia conviction.