The woman, who has only been identified as a "highly paid, white-collar professional," found out the hard way when her "match" claimed he was in the middle of a million deal to sell dried cocoa beans to Kraft Heinz. Jason Osei Bonsu and Adams Amen recently appeared in a Buffalo courtroom to face federal fraud charges and likely deportation; they're also accused of cheating a man in South Dakota out of ,500. Gross, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Buffalo, told the newspaper that similar romance scams occur across the U. Scammers build trust and rapport with intimate communication, figuring out "what buttons to push" to take advantage.He asked her to help fund the shipping and insurance, promising to pay her back when they would meet in person and began a relationship. The FBI tells the Buffalo News that the photo she received of "Marvin" turned out to be a realtor in Texas whose name is not Marvin Roecker. Two men, both citizens of Ghana, were arrested in the U. There were more than 14,000 victims of similar romance scams totaling 9 million last year, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.Because, let’s face it, sometimes making new female friends is hard, sometimes harder than dating.While it’s generally accepted that you may need to put some in some extra effort while pursuing a romantic partner, actively looking for friends may be viewed as out of the ordinary or desperate.
You have a profile, call out your interests and exchanges messages in the hopes of taking the relationship into the “real world.” Girl Friend Circles requires members to pay a fee of .95 every six months, while Girlfriend Social offers free accounts.But would you use a matchmaking site to find female friends?The took a closer look at three such sites in particular: Social Jane.com, Girl Friend Circles and Girlfriend Social.One man in Las Vegas found out his photos were used for hundreds of Facebook accounts when one victim even appeared at his front door. "Social media is the avenue these people use to access their victims," Assistant U.