The guide isn't available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.Another way to spot whether an account is fake is the selection of photos that it uses.
This screenshot shows a user of a hacker forum being advised that a quick way to find sets of photos is to automatically download them from Facebook: Even before a scammer messages you, you can spot they're fake by checking their photos.
Performing a Google image search for an account's profile picture will show you where on the internet the image appears — sometimes you'll see it attached to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts with various different names.
Then they will ask the target for thousands of dollars in order to run away and escape forever.
That's the final step, as the scammers leave with thousands of dollars, and the storyline has finished.
They are then instructed to take the information learned, and then create the "perfect woman" for the target.
Adhrann says that scammers should "emphasize on you being in a difficult financial situation, yet DO NOT insist on that, but treat this subject like you have been much better in the past, and really ashamed now, [as you are] not used to being poor." Step three is where things start getting really interesting.
It's called the "cashing out" stage, and it's where scammers start to ask for money.
Up until now, scammers were instructed to turn down any requests for a Skype call, but if the target insists, then they should ask him to pay for a webcam.
They should have a burner phone, he says (a disposable phone that can be used for temporary tasks and then discarded).
Potential scammers are also advised to use virtual private networks and proxy services, both of which can help hide the scammer's real IP address and location in case law enforcement get involved.
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