Another reason that call centers aren’t used earlier in romance scams: Hiring one is expensive.
The call center pictured above charges per call, payable only in Bitcoin.
The proprietor also claims that his method is more than 20% effective within three replies and over 60% effective after eight.
The dating scam package advises customers to stick to a tried-and-true approach.
That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.
Recently, I had a chance to review a package of dating scam emails, instructions, pictures, videos and love letter templates that are sold to scammers in the underground, and was struck by how commoditized this type of fraud has become.
The romance scam package is designed for fraudsters who prey on lonely men via dating Web sites and small spam campaigns.
The vendor of the fraud package advertises a guaranteed response rate of at least 1.2 percent, and states that customers who average 30 scam letters per day can expect to earn roughly ,000 a week.
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“When you get down to the final stage, there has to be a crisis, some compelling reason why the target should you send the money,” said Holden, founder of Hold Security [full disclosure: Yours Truly is an uncompensated adviser to Holden’s company].