For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.
Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.
While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.
“Interested in sport, music, play piano, movies, internet, romance and love making.
“Looking for open-minded woman interested with friendship and love making in Iraq or nearby.” One man from Raqqa posted: “In the name of Allah the Merciful, Abdullah Yasser al-Ibrahim from Syria look for seriousness and do not like to play with feelings.