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Watch out for automated Russian dating scams

Watch out for automated Russian dating scams
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If you are having a romantic online relationship, or you're thinking about it, you need to be aware of the potential dangers. A lot of times, the person on the other end isn't who you think it is.

It's very easy to get fooled, too. Online dating scams are pretty sophisticated, with scammers often sending you 20 or more emails over time, and even calling you on the phone.

The problem is that in countries like Russia, there are whole moneymaking businesses designed to fool you into falling in love. In fact, the cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs found that cybercriminals offer scammers as much as $2,000 a week to trick you out of your money.

These companies hire scammers to prey on people looking for love. These criminal companies provide their employees with dozens of pre-written emails (see photo), where they take their time before they profess their love to you.

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