A few days or weeks later their bank calls, informing the victim the money orders were fraudulent and that they are responsible for the amounts owing. This is the most common scam in online dating.
The government has no way of knowing how much money Sunmola and his associates ultimately stole, the U. They promise love and marriage and build what feels like a very real relationship to the victim. This ability to suspend disbelief is one reason that con artists prefer to focus on people who have fallen for scams in the past. Scammers like to move their conversation with their victims off Facebook or online dating services and onto other messaging platforms where, unbeknownst to their victims, they can organize all their communications. Still, some would argue, how can so many people mistake what is a prerecorded video for a live webcam? Currently, the vast majority of online romance scams aimed at the U.