Online dating scams regarding investments

"When I went back to the main screen everything was black, and it was normally blue, and there was writing behind all the icons and it said 'you have been held to ransom, you need to pay Bitcoins that are 5 US dollars and we will restore all your files, and that was it really."The computer held business files and precious photos of Mrs Testa's late husband.After trying to get help from a local IT business, the computer was still locked.

, users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.

Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.

But did you know you should also watch your wallet while your heart wanders?

With other frauds, like impersonation scams, the fraudster creates an online identity, develops a relationship and eventually tries to convince you to send money—perhaps for a ticket to visit or to cover some unexpected financial emergency.

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) notes, some fraudsters go so far as to make wedding plans before vanishing into cyberspace. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Connecticut man who is accused of defrauding investors—including six women he met through online dating websites.

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