They have a type of person in mind, someone vulnerable and easy to exploit. They know that certain websites will offer more opportunities than others.Social media sites, like online dating, are excellent places to find lonely individuals who are looking to meet people.I say victims because this type of predator will target multiple victims.
They will often pass on that victim to other predators. For example, if a stalking victim is being methodically targeted by an abuser using fake profiles, the abuser starts contacting friends and family, have their accounts hacked, tracked, they are being humiliated online etc. You don’t get good at stalking, trolling, scamming or being a sexual predator without experience.
Psychologists will tell you that past behaviour is a predictor of future behaviour.
Many of these types of predators are abusive both emotionally and physically.
Some are serial rapists who target women or men, engage with them, arrange a date and then rape them.
If the victim is in a relationship, they will threaten to send the photos to their partner.
The abuser may threaten to discredit or embarrass the victim by sending the photos to the victim’s employers or clients.
They zero in on those that are lonely, sexually confused, lack confidence, are experiencing some form of pain, neglect or loss in their life.
These are they people that are easier to befriend – and manipulate.
Confidence scammers go online, build a relationship and then ask for money.