The emails had been sent from other websites, hacked by cybercriminals to hide the senders' identity.
The company who analysed the attacks said the phishing campaign against dating sites marked a departure for fraudsters, who typically preferred to target banks.
Once the fraudsters have gathered enough sympathy and trust from a victim, they will exploit this by claiming they need money to pay for travel costs, or to afford medical treatment for a family member.
After the money has been stolen, the criminals will make up further reasons why they need more money.
I don't have any "proven" first messages, but one of my friends is successful and he just writes, "hey" or "sup" in his first message. I'm black and the majority of the women on each site weren't. However, if you're doing mass messaging like I do then you simply can't take the time do break down each girl's profile unless you want to make an afternoon out of it.
It's the second message that he uses to really get them interested. One that ALWAYS ensured a reply back was "I hope you aren't racist". I guess they always replied so that they could validate themselves somewhat so that they don't feel guilty or racist if they didn't reply. The line I've been using to message chicks is: "Hey I checked out your profile and you seem cool. " By saying I checked out their profile it implies that I did actually check them out which I didn't, I just look at their pictures.
You should always be careful about the information you share with anyone you meet online.
After you send the money, you never hear from them again - or you receive ongoing excuses to delay the trip and more requests for money.In some cases, the fraudsters blackmail their victim into sending money - if the victim has sent any explicit photos or videos to the criminals, they may threaten to send them to the victim's friends and family.The amount of money involved in these scams can be considerable.Once the fraudsters get hold of your login information it can be used to befriend other users.Using the dating websites messaging system the fraudsters build sympathy and gather trust from victims and exploit this by claiming they need money to pay for travel costs, or to afford medical treatment for a family member.