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A Closer Look at Online Fraud: Romance Scams

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My name is Mark Fenton and I specialize in investigating online crimes. I am a Senior Investigator at Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. I oversee and manage the OSINT Intelligence Division focusing on anything related to the Internet; background checks, locating individuals, corporate due diligence and personal online safety.

Love is Blind

Covid has been hard on all of us. For those that are single, and lonely, it has been particularly difficult. Many people have been turning to the Internet in order to find friends and romance.

You’ve met that perfect person online they make you laugh, they’re charming and you feel really connected to them. The problem is, they say they live in another country. Not only that, but they have also been asking you for small amounts of money, or gifts, over the time you have known them. You send the money and gifts because they are… perfect. What you don’t know is that this person may not be the dream come true you think they are.

I’ve investigated Internet crime for over a decade. Online dating scams continue to be in the top 5 ways criminals will steal your money and identity. They will troll online dating sites looking for likely victims – and it’s not just women they target. They search for profiles that over-share a lot of personal information about themselves. They then do some online research to determine how much money you might have, where you reside, the type of car you drive and the number of friends and family you have.

They then create a profile that exactly matches the type of person you are looking for. They know your lifestyle, your background, your likes and dislikes, in other words, the perfect partner.  They know how to say the right things because this is what people want to hear.  Your friends and family might be warning you about this person but hey, what do they know

I have seen people go bankrupt, lose their family and friends, and even commit suicide because they have lost everything they had to these scammers. If you, or a loved one, thinks they have fallen for one of these scammers let Haywood Hunt Private Investigators verify this individual for you. We can determine, fairly quickly, if the person you have met online is the real deal or a low down heal.

At Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. we can offer the necessary due diligence to protect you from online scams.?Contact us today?for a free consultation.

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