Filipino dating scams
Artemio Cinco, spokesperson for the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group at Camp Crame, checks love scam cases developing on dating sites and Facebook.—PHOTO BY LYN RILLON Anyone among the 67 million Filipinos and the tens of millions of other people who are logged on the internet at any one time could be a suspect or a victim in the online “love scam” — an elaborate swindle that plays on the desire for both romance and wealth, according to the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG).You may be in love and supporting this Filipina, but at certain times of the day she needs to go ‘check her Facebook’ at the Internet café or at a friend’s house.She will go anywhere that you cannot watch her because she will be meeting one of her online victims.Fight back by reporting the scamming Filipina to Dragonladies.This is a site that tracks reports of scams perpetuated by Philippine ladies.
In some cases it investigated, the ACG found that some victims still kept sending money to their cyberlovers, even after sensing that something was wrong.
“They expect something in return, so they are willing victims,” Cinco explained.
“That is normally the case because the victim knows there’s a ‘package’ from a foreigner who could offer him or her a comfortable life,” he said.
Dating scams are an art form for some Philippine women.
Every day there is a Filipina somewhere who is planning to scam a foreign man out of his money. Well-designed scams quickly spread through Filipina social groups.It is semantics to discuss whether these types of Filipina are scammers or cheaters.