Virtually every aspect of cybercrime has been made into a service or plug-and-play product.
That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.
First makes it easy to meet singles by connecting them through their mutual friends and interests.
Use First to browse singles who share your interests or who have friends in common with you. Sign up now to begin using one of the largest online dating sites in the world!
Recently, I had a chance to review a package of dating scam emails, instructions, pictures, videos and love letter templates that are sold to scammers in the underground, and was struck by how commoditized this type of fraud has become.
The dating scam package is assembled for and marketed to Russian-speaking hackers, with hundreds of email templates written in English and a variety of European languages.
They routinely dress as if for an opera or a fashion show.
Long, fanned hair streams down their slim figures, legs sharpened by high heels. A parliament member responsible for information, Vadim Dengin, talks about the “popular fashion” for young, good-looking women to “hunt” for men, “keeping in mind a man’s finances as a priority criteria”.
Click on your country below to meet members looking to chat with you.
The dating scam package advises customers to stick to a tried-and-true approach.
For instance, scammers are urged to include an email from the mother of the girl in the first 10 emails between the scammer and a target.
But on finding and marrying one – even one as rich as Croesus – many Russian women feel trapped.
“Our men are too lazy, prefer to drink in front of a TV or a computer, without thinking of how to amuse their women,” Dengin continues.