I would like to highlight that this is not a comprehensive resource ... these crooks can easily find new pictures for fake profiles.
if it helps, I would like to share their strategy from my observation and news reports:
#1: fake profile + love bombing ( within 1week, he would be chatting to me on the same frequency / intensity of a well-known friend / almost boyfriend)
#2: asking me lots of questions (to find out which approach would work best on me)
#3: dropping hints of how good he’s at investments / how he built his fortune etc, and how he had a mentor guiding him
#4: once he felt he had your trust, he would move in to bait you (e.g. there is a great investment opportunity tonight) and he could teach you.
#5: when I didn’t respond to #4, he began to change tactic, pulling a very well scripted sad love story (you would be able to tell it’s scripted because it’s a very very long paragraph and that’s just not normal in chats... no one types like this. Crook just copy/paste the whole thing. Attached please see the chat messages). From news reports, the criminal organisation had internal script manuals for different types of victims ...so there is something for everyone. Attached screenshots of these manuals from news.
From the limited news reports I , real life cases include :
Case #1: the crook said that he wanted to make money so he could build a future / buy a house with the victim. The victim ended up not only pouring in her savings but upon crook’s emotional blackmails, got desperate enough to take out loans... at the end, she lost over US$130...
Case #2: the crook added the victim’s wechat “by mistake” but wanted to make a new friend since fate brought them together. Pretty sure, the woman who was married, was regularly chatting to crook and telling him everything, including her fights with husband. After a particularly bad fight with husband, the crook dangled the lure of “financial independence”, “getting her own house where she could hide away from husband when things aren’t well”.
she got some small wins in the beginning, then once she really went in, she started losing money and the “broker” told her she needed to inject more fund to become some VIP to withdraw as her fund dropped below a certain threshold.
In short, she lost a lot of money and even took out loans to meet this “threshold” The worst thing was she couldn’t even bring herself to tell her husband that she lost their savings (and some more)... this woman lived in a city where people generally earned around US$300 - 400 a month and the hole she got in was over US$ 13K. Links below (I forgot which one has this story but both cover this topic)
Yes this might work in Asia countries but same tactics just a bit of different method to the western countries. It’s a psychological game that they know how to play well.
Thanks for sharing. I believe the more we tell their strategies, the more people are aware of it.
They made a lot of money out from this covid which is a shame.