Wymoo International Investigations Increase With Dating Scams
JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jun 26, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Wymoo International, an international investigation company based in
Florida, announced today that its quarterly results have exceeded
estimates due in part to a significant increase in online dating
scams. The rise in internet fraud and scam activity has directly led
to an increase in demand for dating background checks and
investigations to verify individuals met via the internet.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and National White Collar Crime
Center, reported that in 2012 losses had increased 8.3 percent over
2011. In 2012, the IC3 received 4,467 romance scam complaints and
victims' losses exceeded $55 million. The National Fraud Authority in
the U.K. estimates fraud cost the U.K. over GBP 35 billion in 2012
from mass marketing fraud, which includes romance scams. Government
agencies in Australia and Canada have also reported similar trends in
cyber crime. Wymoo International says the numbers are only the tip of
the iceberg, and the firm estimates that only 10% of victims ever
report the crime.
A significant number of dating scams now come from social media and
social networks, and internet criminals are using advanced methods to
obtain their victims. Some criminals never ask for money, but rather
obtain your personal data and private photos to be used for identity
theft or blackmail. Others may send you an email virus to steal your
passwords. If you use online dating, social networks or even email,
you could be a victim.
With the growing risk, more internet users are relying on reputable
private investigation companies to minimize the threat and verify
these relationships. The increased risk for romance scams, along with
an increased awareness of internet users, has boosted demand for
verification services at the firm. Because many online relationships
involve a foreign country, international investigators and dating
background checks offer protection.
Wymoo management says that criminals are staying one step ahead of
law enforcement, and the risk isn't likely to go away. "Online dating
and social networking sites are big business, and these sites don't
have the capability to properly screen and verify all their users,"
said David Wilkerson, Vice President and COO. "We verify internet
relationships and deliver clear evidence to determine if the person
is who he or she claims to be."
About Wymoo International
Wymoo International, LLC is a leader in professional private
investigations and international background checks. The firm has
investigators on the ground in over 100 countries, and specializes in
verifying organizations and individuals. Confidential services
include private investigators, background checks, due diligence,
dating verifications, surveillance and asset search. Wymoo(R) also
operates as Russia PI and Philippine PI in those countries.
SOURCE: Wymoo International
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