In the Philippines, Facebook is the favored hunting ground for predators in search of people wanting romance or just friendship. Any money paid is returned on the back end to the presumably stolen credit card. We also talked with members of a cottage industry that has sprung up to support the defrauded: operators of scam-watch websites, counselors for fraud victims and people who self-identify as scam-baiters trying to trap the criminals so the latter can be arrested. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences.
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Many victims there and elsewhere are not wealthy and must borrow the money they send to the scammers. All rights reserved. Ruth Grover, who lives in northeast England, runs ScamHaters , a website that posts warnings about online profiles that appear to be scammers. Most Filipino dating scammers work on the principle of low value, high volume scamming.