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That's a sure sign that the account is fake, as the photo must have been circulating on the internet.Step two in the dating scam guide deals with "developing a virtual relationship." Scammers are told to ask lots of questions about their targets, paying particular attention to their past relationships.Scammers are told to use a female partner for the video call part of the process, but there are guidelines on what they should look like: If a scammer is successful here, and managed to con the target out of money for a webcam, or other small amounts, then they may attempt the riskiest part of the process, known as the "pause." Scammers are instructed to stage an altercation over webcam, and then cease contact.After a week, scammers are told to call the target and claim that their "husband/father/pimp/whoever" got "drunk/high/whatever" and attacked them.Another way to spot whether an account is fake is the selection of photos that it uses.Adhrann's guide says that scammers should "look on the Internet for a bunch of pics of a cute girl" and select someone who is "not a top model, but a normal sexy girl." To find photos, scammers can buy sets of photographs of young women, often through shady forums frequented by hackers.Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.
The first step is to stop communicating with the person trying to romance scam you.
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Vendors also list guides on how to commit other illegal activities.
The guide isn't available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.
Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.
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