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Were Capitol Rioters IDed Via Online Dating Apps?
The warning highlights one of the potential risks associated with revealing too much private information online. Using tactics such as coercion, fraud, force, and bogus job offers, the criminals scour social media sites and dating platforms in an attempt to exploit the personal situations of down on their luck individuals by promising to help them out. The criminals usually pose as work recruiters, modeling agents or scouts, lulling potential victims with fake career prospects or offers of a helping hand. To put the problem into context — according to data by the US National Human Trafficking Hotline, between and almost 1, potential sex trafficking victims were recruited using online services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Craigslist, as well as online dating sites.
FBI Warns of Human Traffickers Luring Victims on Social Networks
Agents say that romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim's affection and trust. The scams also involve the scammer creating an illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate or steal from their victims. According to the FBI, the criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do and will seem genuine, caring, and believable. Con artists are present on most dating and social media sites. Scammers may quickly establish a relationship and often times will propose marriage or make plans to meet in person, which will never happen.
After a crowd of supporters of U. President Donald Trump stormed the U. Capitol on Jan. The Washington Post reported on Jan. Women and men have in some cases also turned the dating apps into hunting grounds, striking up conversations with rioters, gathering potentially incriminating photos or confessions, then relaying them to the FBI.