“These arrangements only end up in heartbreak,” said Bowdich, who was flanked by officials with the Internal Revenue Service, the state Attorney General’s Office and several investigators with local law enforcement agencies.
Bowdich said anyone can be duped, from older people, to young men who fall for photos of pretty girls, to people in the LGBT community.
Another is called the“Business Email Compromise” or BEC scams where hackers target businesses that typically conduct wire transfers.
“Victims range from large corporations to tech companies to non-profit organizations,” Bowdich explained, and there are all kinds of ways online predators do it.
Sometimes, businesses are asked by those who they think are their typical vendors to wire money to an alternate, fraudulent account.
Another scam involves mimicking a CEO’s e-mail address, which is then used to fool an employee in the company responsible for processing wire transfers.
From October 2013 through to February of this year, there were more than 17,600 victims amounting to $2.3 billion in losses, according to the FBI.
Other scams include fooling human resources staff to e-mail employee W-2’s to a CEO asking for the information. Nationwide, 11 companies already have been victimized, five of them in Los Angeles, said Anthony Orlando, acting special agent in charge for the Internal Revenue Service Los Angeles office.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.
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.