Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
Jean thought a dating site for people over 50 would be a safe place to meet a nice guy."I don't want people to go through what I went through, cause it's awful," Jean said.Looking back, she cannot believe she did what she did, but that is what social engineering does -- it gets a reasonable person to trust a con man and do things that defy reason.Chris Hadnagy is a professional social engineer who hears this all the time.He is an expert at understanding why reasonable people fall for outrageous scams.