The financial damage as a result of dating fraud is already quite expensive. In the first five months of the year, scammers have already managed to get more than 930,000 euros. A total of 71 people have fallen victim to this scam.
That reports Pointer, the journalistic research platform of KRO/NCRV.
How dating fraud works
In dating fraud, a potential victim gets to know a nice man or woman via the internet. To gain trust, the fraudster chats with his target for a long time. In this way they try to gain the trust of their victim. They often do this to dozens of unsuspecting men and women. Often it is men who are guilty of dating fraud: they pretend to be an attractive lady or rich man.
Once the scammer has won the trust of the other person, the proverbial monkey comes out of the sleeve: they say they urgently need money. They use different excuses for this. Think of a family member who is critically ill and needs ‘life-saving surgery’. Or is in high debt and he is in danger of losing his house if money is not forthcoming quickly. Whether someone would love to see his beloved but has no money to buy a plane ticket.
Because the victim is in love and wants to help him or her, he transfers money to the man or woman he has been chatting with for weeks or months. Some fraudsters are so bold that they keep asking for money more often afterwards. Once the victim gets suspicious, it’s too