The principal group of victims is over 40 years old and divorced, widowed, elderly, or disabled, but all demographics are at risk.Scammers use poetry, flowers, and other gifts to reel in victims, the entire time declaring their "undying love." These criminals also use stories of severe life circumstances, tragedies, deaths in the family, injuries to themselves, or other hardships to keep their victims concerned and involved in their schemes.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
Scammers can sign up to online dating agencies or chat rooms just like anyone else.
Many online dating sites allow anyone to join for free and they usually do not screen their members.
These scams can be delivered online, by telephone or by mail. a large sum of money, shopping vouchers, a free holiday or travel related products), and to claim it you are asked to send money or provide personal information.
If you are the recipient of an unexpected prize scam, you should report it to the ACORN.