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Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.
It details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.
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.
Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
You get to know the person, perhaps over weeks or months. All of a sudden they request a short-term loan for some personal crisis. These images can be used later on to blackmail you.
This can also occur with naked photos that you send by mobile phone to others (‘sexting’).
A new ‘safe harbour’ complaints process has been set up for online hosts to follow under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
This allows you to request the removal of harmful or illegal content posted by others.