Scams of all kinds continue to rage, in France and all over the world. Professional scammers use a multitude of varied strategies, which are endless. Phishing and cold calling are just examples. But an even more vicious kind of scam wreaks havoc: it manipulates the emotions of its victims.
The Netflix platform documentary “The Tinder Scammer” has caused a stir among Internet users. It follows the story of a young woman who is the victim of extortion, when she believes she has found love on a dating app. We see the schemes used by the scammer, as well as the ease with which he manages to manipulate his victim.
Said victims are usually chosen carefully, based on their potential to be emotionally manipulated. Tendentially rather young, in a precarious situation, or in love distress, these “preys” are generally all the more affected when the illusion of the scam is shattered. Realizing that you have been scammed or extorted is one thing, but having been emotionally invested and disappointed is another completely. The combination of the two is all the more devastating.
That’s why it’s important to learn about common scams so you can spot them quickly and evade scammers. Planet therefore presents 5 types of emotion manipulating scams.