One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.
In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.
When the tourist takes out his money, they grab it and flee.
Teahouse/Restaurant/Bar Scam: A young "English student" or attractive female offers to show a tourist around town and then invites him/her to enjoy food or drink at a nearby establishment.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money…but rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.
The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.
The Online Better Business Bureau of the US and Canada has a site for consumers that will aid you in making complaints against internet-based retailers and other businesses.
They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.
Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money.
You can and should report fraud and scams because if you don't do something, criminals will just keep doing the same thing over and over again to other victims. Have you become a victim of an internet scam or fraud? Just because a crime is perpetrated via the net doesn't make it any less of a crime.
Let's look at some resources you can use to report internet-based crimes and fraud: The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership between the US Federal Bureau of Investigations and the National White Collar Crime Center.