Scammers target the vulnerable—widows and widowers, the elderly, the lonely and isolated.
They ask their marks to send money for travel expenses, steal their identities, or even, occasionally, convince them to commit crimes.
Of the 30% that are legitimate, 50% have unethical practices that serve only to get your money.
Russian scam agencies out number legitimate agencies.
There are no reliable stats for how many Americans fall prey to online dating scams every year.
A lot of victims are too embarrassed to report the crime.
This American owned and managed marriage agency is at the top of my Gold List.
The firm’s goal, says Harper, is “to lower the risk for businesses and individuals looking to do business in a foreign country, lower the risk for online dating, and to verify companies and individuals met via the internet.” Harper has been a private investigator for a decade, and he worked in law enforcement and military investigations prior to joining Wymoo®and Russia PI. Each country is slightly unique in its criminal activity and approach to dating scams.
Marriage agencies in Ukraine continue to find new methods of scaming you and some of these scams are more difficult to detect as a scam.
However, I have been operating this site long enough to spot even the slyest scam.
Investigator John Harper heads his firm’s Eastern European investigations team and answers a few questions about the challenges of due diligence in the former Soviet sphere.
Harper is lead investigator for Russia PI™—a wholly owned subsidiary of Wymoo International, a Florida-based professional private investigation company specializing in international background checks and due diligence.