Social media and internet dating sites have given rise to romance and confidence schemes. Catfishing and spear phishing are extensively used. Catfishing is faking an identity on the internet. Spear phishing uses more sophisticated and direct messages to trick the victim. New AI programs make it easier to reach and victimize the targets. The fraudsters prey upon the elderly, widowed or divorced men and women. Online profiles are manipulated to include fake photos and biographies. The goal is to exploit the victim who is searching for love and companionship.
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