The evolving tactics of internet scammers 2022. The one thing that doesn’t change with internet scams is the breadth of scams and the variety in victims. Many feel that they would never fall victim to a scam of this nature, however what we see here at Discreet PI is that anyone, irrelevant of age, gender or background can be targeted by fraudsters. So how can you protect yourself? YOU CAN GET HELP FROM A RENOWNED AND TRUSTED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AGENCY LIKE DISCREET PI US. Contact us now for help with your Stalker. Other ways include:
At Discreet PI we are consistently monitoring the evolving tactics of internet scammers in order for our specialist team to provide the right support to our clients when the worst does happen.
We recently looked at “how to spot a COVID scam” where our specialist online fraud team outlined some of the most common scams on the rise during and post pandemic, and also a specific look at “the rise of internet dating scams” which looks more closely at the tactics used by those using the heart as a way into someone’s finances.
Six months on, we are in full swing of our ‘new normal’ as we adapt to a post pandemic world. As the world starts to return to some form of normality, one of the things that has also changed is the way online fraudsters convince people to separate with their money.
Looking at the online fraud cases that our team of Investigators have assisted in over the past six months, we’ve outlined some of the new tactics and updated methods which are being adopted.
The one thing that doesn’t change with internet scams is the breadth of scams and the variety in victims. Many feel that they would never fall victim to a scam of this nature, however what we see here at Discreet PI is that anyone, irrelevant of age, gender or background can be targeted by fraudsters.
What also remains true is that the use of digital tools, whether that be dating sites or apps, socialising through social media and even shopping online has created even more opportunity for fraudsters. Criminals of this nature seem to be becoming increasingly intelligent and with lessening scruples or morals.
Any particular scammer will ‘run’ several scams at the same time using different names and will have heavily researched, deeply personal files on those he, or she, is targeting.
They will have a wealth of forged documents at their disposal from passports, driving licences and identify cards, through to letters from barristers, solicitors and private companies.
In fact almost any documents can be forged and coupled together with convincing back stories enable them to pass a degree of investigation.
Here at Discreet PI we are skilled in examining such fraudulent matters and can advise on whether the person you are in communication with is legitimate or not.
Several genres of scams have emerged recently some of which are listed below……
The 419 is an advance fee scam which originated in Nigeria and is also where it gets its namesake – from the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code which deals with fraud. The 419 scam targets individuals via email, telephone or social media asking for payment to be sent, or ‘advanced payment’ with the promise of a huge financial pay out.
The marriage scam
This is where fraudsters spend months priming their victims with romance and then use a promise of marriage to convince victims to part with their money, claiming the money is needed for the relationship to continue.
The intimate blackmail scam
Romance scams can often turn to blackmail if intimate pictures have been exchanged. Once scammers are ‘caught’ they can often threaten to release images and videos to friends, family and even employers. This threat can even be used to obtain even more funds from the victim.
The lottery/beneficiary scam
The lure of a huge payday can make the most savvy of people put their hesitance aside and fall victim to a scam. People are often asked to pay fees to redeem prizes supposedly won in a sweepstake or left to them as an inheritance.
The diamond & gold scam
The purchase of illegal diamonds and or gold and in some cases even bonds by scammers, and then offering money in return for helping them transport to the UK.
A very simple scam which has been around for many years and with the price of precious metals and diamonds sky- rocketing post pandemic, the scam has once again become very topical.
Should you wish us to examine, in complete confidence, the person you’re in a relationship with or simply just communicating with them you can call one of our specialist team on the below number or use our contact