Covers environment, charity, culture, crime, politics and viral news.Before the South China Morning Post, Rachel worked as a reporter at the Evening Standard in London.He will seem like the perfect gentleman -- keeping in touch, sending gifts, making the victim feel special -- until one day he asks for money, promising to repay it as soon as possible.The reason varies, and often a heart-rending story is attached, such as a medical emergency he doesn't have the funds to cover, a death in the family or a robbery.She said: “He was very charming when we met, he said all the right things and I quickly fell in love with him.“It was my first experience of internet dating after separating from my husband seven years ago.I thought this was my second chance at love.“When he told he had cancer I helped care for him.Although an unbiased, outside observer would see this as a reason to suspect something, by then the victim trusts the scammer and so the money is sent.Over time, there are more and more emergencies, more reasons for the scammer to ask for money, and soon enough the victim is broke, possibly even in debt.
A scammer will choose one or more targets and slowly work to build his victims' trust."On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," quips one dog to another in the famous "New Yorker" cartoon by Peter Steiner.The pithy statement encapsulates the enjoyable side of Internet anonymity -- but says nothing about its dangers."Apparently she was saying that she was gonna go pick him up, and instead, agents picked him up." He's facing charges of debit card/credit card abuse here in North Texas, and the NCIS is investigating him for stolen valor, for posing as a war hero as part of his scams. "Military veterans worked hard, and they earned their uniforms. So when you go out there and pretend you're doing it, it's just not good." Also not good? But for now, at least this casanova's online dating profile has been suspended -- indefinitely.City desk reporter covering Hong Kong community news, particularly for City Weekend.