Investigating Online Dating Scams in Russia and Ukraine- Pursuit Magazine

Eastern Europe, with a highly-educated population and high unemployment rate, is fertile ground for romance confidence scams.

Due diligence may not be very romantic, says this international investigator. But it can save you thousands of dollars…and a broken heart.

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There are no reliable stats for how many Americans fall prey to online dating scams every year. A lot of victims are too embarrassed to report the crime. Scammers target the vulnerable—widows and widowers, the elderly, the lonely and isolated. They ask their marks to send money for travel expenses, steal their identities, or even, occasionally, convince them to commit crimes.

Investigator John Harper heads his firm’s Eastern European investigations team and answers a few questions about the challenges of due diligence in the former Soviet sphere. Harper is lead investigator for Russia PI—a wholly owned subsidiary of Wymoo International, a Florida-based professional private investigation company specializing in international background checks and due diligence.

Harper manages the firm’s investigations for Eastern Europe, including Russia, the Ukraine and Romania—”three countries in the region where we see the highest risk for fraud and scam activity,” he says. Russia PI™ investigators are based in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev and conduct due diligence, background checks, surveillance, and asset searches in both countries.

The firm’s goal, says Harper, is “to lower the risk for businesses and individuals looking to do business in a foreign country, lower the risk for online dating, and to verify companies and individuals met via the internet.”

Harper has been a private investigator for a decade, and he worked in law enforcement and military investigations prior to joining Wymoo®and Russia PI.

Click Here To Read The Full Pursuit Magazine Article With Answers To Questions

 

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