It is in this critical, final part of the scam that the fraudster is encouraged to take advantage of criminal call centers that staff women who can be hired to play the part of the damsel in distress.
“When you get down to the final stage, there has to be a crisis, some compelling reason why the target should you send the money,” said Holden, founder of Hold Security [full disclosure: Yours Truly is an uncompensated adviser to Holden’s company].
“What we tend to see with these dating scams is the scammer will tell the call center operator to be sure to mention special nicknames and to remind him of specific things they talked about in their email correspondence.” This entry was posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at am and is filed under Other.
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The vendor of the fraud package advertises a guaranteed response rate of at least 1.2 percent, and states that customers who average 30 scam letters per day can expect to earn roughly ,000 a week.
You can have ease of mind knowing the person you are trusting is legitimate.Holden said that an enterprising fraudster with the right programming skills or the funds to hire a coder could easily automate the scam using bots that are programmed to respond to emails from the targets with content-specific replies.The romance scam package urges customers to send at least a dozen emails to establish a rapport and relationship before even mentioning the subject of traveling to meet the target.- If you tell them that you don't send money to anybody and are aware of Russian scams, they will assure you they are not a scammer and will keep writing - Most of their letters, including letters from their "travel agencies", if you enter a snippet from it in Google, can be found on scam lists - They may call you on the phone, but the sound is always very bad, voice distorted and if you have a caller ID, there is always some bogus number showing up, like 602-222-0000 - Yet they never have a phone themselves - They prefer to call you on the cell phone, probably because such calls are harder to trace - They will give you some mailing address, but if you try to check it out by sending flowers or registered letter, the address will turn out phony - If you ask them to send their photo holding a sign, unless the photos belong to some Russian model or celebrity, after some hesitation (and probably extra fee to the girl) they will send you one - They may do IM with you, but prefer e-mails - They always want to come visit you.If you suggest you visit them first, they will find thousand good reasons why is it a bad idea and will keep insisting on them visiting you first like the pushy telemarketers - If you manage to insist on visiting them first, the meeting place will be changed from their home city to Moscow or Saint-Petersburg - They will ask you to send them money for passport, ticket and visa, often you may be contacted by a phony travel agency, which will send you invoice for Miss.
When the call center employees are not being hired to close the deal on a romance scam, very often they are used to assist in bank account takeovers, redirecting packages with shipping companies, or handling fraudulent new credit applications that require phone verification.