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Viele Fälle von "Romance Scamming" werden nicht gemeldet. Die Opfer wollen aus Scham keine Anzeige machen. Alleine 2018 hat eine verhaftete Bande über eine Millionen Euro mit der neuen Methode des Heiratsschwindels abkassiert. Zurück bleibt ein gebrochenes Herz.Many cases of romance scamming are not reported. The victims do not want to make a complaint out of shame. Alone in 2018 a detained gang over one million euros with the new method of marriage fraud cashed. A broken heart remains.
Lonely for years, finally she meets her dream man in the net. But he turns out to be a cheater. Brigitta Bergen has to pay dearly for her romance. A broken heart remains. "Romance Scamming" is the name of the game about making money on the internet through fraud.
Brigitta Bergen met a man on the internet a few months ago and fell in love with him. "At first I thought, why is he interested in me? He's a Champions League."
But in many messages he assures his love. He evades a meeting again and again. After a few months, he asks for money.
And she remarks: In the beginning it is $ 2,000, then the amounts are higher. Overall, she transfers more than $ 20,000 (17,600 euros), her entire fortune. "Today I wonder, how could I be so stupid."
Law enforcement barely possible
Getting hold of romance scammers is extremely difficult. Because they are anxious to make their mark in the sand: The IP address can hardly be determined outside the EU. The Internet profile is fake, the mobile phones are often equipped with unregistered prepaid.
To collect the victims' money - usually at a money transfer service like Western Union - they use fake ID cards or send straw men.
Another problem: To prosecute the perpetrators, the German authorities need legal assistance from the respective country. But usually there is not interested in a cooperation there.
Brigitta Bergen paid more than $ 20,000 to her network casanova. Brigitta Bergen paid more than $ 20,000 to her network casanova.
Uschi Schröder is looking for the true face of her lover in West Africa. © SWR Uschi Schröder is searching for the true face of her lover in West Africa.
Uschi Schröder founded the Facebook group "SOS - self-help - love fraud" after her bitter experiences. Schröder has also become a victim of fraud. Your dream man introduces himself as a gold trader from Berlin, who is on the road in Ghana.
He later finds out that he has stolen his photos from a Mexican actor's side. Over the past few months she has spoken to more than a hundred betrayed people. Women are emotionally dependent, she explains. "They are heavily manipulated."
Especially now before Christmas, the Internet Romeos and Julias would work at full speed.
The sad conclusion: The perpetrators are shameless, the authorities powerless, the victims defenseless.
The film author Petra Wernz wants to turn the tables: As a freshly divorced chief secretary she tries to expose marriage swindlers. © SWR The film author Petra Wernz wants to turn the tables: As a newly divorced chief secretary, she tries to expose marriage swindlers.
The photo of the Swiss business consultant Ansgar Schäfer is very popular among lovers of fraud. It has already been stolen 100 times. © SWR The photo of the Swiss business consultant Ansgar Schäfer is in high demand among lovers of fraud. It has already been stolen 100 times.
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A film by Petra Wernz
© dpa "Romance Scamming" is an Internet fraud scam with the sole purpose that women - or even men - send money to fraudsters, transfer money or do them a "criminal favor".
Most of the time, a love relationship is initiated, which, however, does not actually exist. They are usually controlled from Ghana and Nigeria. This Ghana-Nigeria Connection works as a veritable love mafia specializing in love cheating.
In addition to Ghana and Nigeria, there are also some romance scammers who write from South-East Asia.
Danger on online dating sites
Scammers are looking for potential victims on online dating sites such as Friendscout, Lovoo, eDarling or on social networks like Facebook. The goal is older Europeans and Americans. A short online invitation to chat serves as a first contact for many.
To make themselves interesting, the scammers create unusual life stories, usually portrayed as sensitive and injured, have children, are divorced or widowed. In addition, there is a supposedly serious background, whether they work in the military, are an engineer, an architect or a scientist.
Female scammers pretend to be nurses, doctors, actresses, and often businesswomen. The pictures and profile photos are extremely attractive and as authentic as possible, but mostly stolen from foreign profiles.
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