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It is in this critical, final part of the scam that the fraudster is encouraged to take advantage of criminal call centers that staff women who can be hired to play the part of the damsel in distress.“When you get down to the final stage, there has to be a crisis, some compelling reason why the target should you send the money,” said Holden, founder of Hold Security [full disclosure: Yours Truly is an uncompensated adviser to Holden’s company].Virtually every aspect of cybercrime has been made into a service or plug-and-play product.That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.“What we tend to see with these dating scams is the scammer will tell the call center operator to be sure to mention special nicknames and to remind him of specific things they talked about in their email correspondence.” This entry was posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at am and is filed under Other.You can follow any comments to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. - If you tell them that you don't send money to anybody and are aware of Russian scams, they will assure you they are not a scammer and will keep writing - Most of their letters, including letters from their "travel agencies", if you enter a snippet from it in Google, can be found on scam lists - They may call you on the phone, but the sound is always very bad, voice distorted and if you have a caller ID, there is always some bogus number showing up, like 602-222-0000 - Yet they never have a phone themselves - They prefer to call you on the cell phone, probably because such calls are harder to trace - They will give you some mailing address, but if you try to check it out by sending flowers or registered letter, the address will turn out phony - If you ask them to send their photo holding a sign, unless the photos belong to some Russian model or celebrity, after some hesitation (and probably extra fee to the girl) they will send you one - They may do IM with you, but prefer e-mails - They always want to come visit you.If you suggest you visit them first, they will find thousand good reasons why is it a bad idea and will keep insisting on them visiting you first like the pushy telemarketers - If you manage to insist on visiting them first, the meeting place will be changed from their home city to Moscow or Saint-Petersburg - They will ask you to send them money for passport, ticket and visa, often you may be contacted by a phony travel agency, which will send you invoice for Miss.
The romance scam package is designed for fraudsters who prey on lonely men via dating Web sites and small spam campaigns.
The scammer often pretends to be a young woman in an isolated or desolate region of Russia who is desperate for a new life, and the email from the girl’s supposed mother is intended to add legitimacy to the scheme.
Then there are dozens of pre-fabricated excuses for not talking on the phone, an activity reserved for the final stretch of the scam when the fraudster typically pretends to be stranded at the airport or somewhere else en route to the target’s home town.
“Usually this is something like the girl is stranded at the airport or needs money to get a travel visa.
There has to be some kind of distress situation for this person to be duped into wiring money, which can be anywhere between 0 and ,000 on average.” Crooked call centers like the one pictured in the screen shot above employ male and female con artists who speak a variety of languages.