The goal is to entice a Western admirer to initiate contact and eventually become enamored with the woman represented in the fake profile.After some time, when the potential victim appears to be fully convinced of a fledgling romance and considering a real-life meeting, he will be asked to transfer money to cover travel and visa expenditures.
Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country.
One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.
It's a heartbreaking reminder that it's impossible to truly know who you might be communicating with online.
The woman sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone who doesn't even exist, sending shockwaves through the Troy community."Wow, that's scary," Carol Corbin said.
The recent arrest of prolific spammer Petr Levashov left a void in the spamming community that some actors appear to be seeking to fill by launching large-scale spam campaigns — some of which are fueled by Crimeware-as-a-Service (Caa S) offerings.
One such campaign linked to online dating scams has proven to be especially damaging because it is powered by Necurs — the largest spam botnet in the world.Background Necurs first emerged in 2012 and has since become notorious for fueling large-scale email campaigns that distribute malware (particularly Locky ransomware, the Dridex banking trojan, and most recently, Jaff ransomware), propagate “pump-and-dump” fraud schemes, and/or bait recipients into purchasing scam memberships for disreputable dating websites.Known to have been distributed by the Neutrino Exploit Kit, Necurs is arguably one of the most prolific Windows OS rootkits that loads modules for Caa S offerings.The most common scheme involves criminals, often from other countries -- most notably from West African countries -- pretending to be U. Soldiers serving in a combat zone or other overseas location.These crooks often present documents and other "proof" of their financial need when asking their victims to wire money to them.CID's Computer Crime Investigative Unit also cautions Soldiers themselves to be on the guard for "sextortion scams." In these scams, criminals engage in online sexual activity with unsuspecting Service members and then demand money or favors in exchange for not publicizing potentially embarrassing images, video or information.