East european dating scams
Special, premium smilies – like a vibrating, multi-color LOL – cost extra.
Cam share (audio not enabled) costs six credits a minute. The Fortune article observes: "And thanks to people like me willing to pay to talk with beautiful young women like Anastasia – who was paid to respond – the trade is doing pretty well".
As of 2012, such users buy credits "priced on a sliding scale, starting at .99 for 20 credits, and going up to 9.99 for 1,000.
Each minute of simple, instant messaging-style chatting costs one credit.
a photo I received in an email purportedly from ‘Olga’ in Russia.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.In fact, there were no online traces of her at all.