Victims—predominantly older widowed or divorced women targeted by criminal groups usually from Nigeria—are, for the most part, computer literate and educated. And con artists know exactly how to exploit that vulnerability because potential victims freely post details about their lives and personalities on dating and social media sites.
Trolling for victims online “is like throwing a fishing line,” said Special Agent Christine Beining, a veteran financial fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston Division who has seen a substantial increase in the number of romance scam cases.
Tagged developed a mobile version of its site in April 2011, making Tagged more usable by smartphones with a mobile internet browser.
This version allows users to send and receive friend requests, play games, and send messages.
As of October 2011, Tagged had 150 employees, an increase from 55 employees at the beginning of 2011.
Tagged also announced that its parent company would be re-named Ifwe, Inc.In December 2009 New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that Tagged and 13 other social networking sites agreed to remove registered sex offenders under the New York Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act.Investigators registered accounts at Tagged and reported inappropriate content to Tagged administrators following procedures described on the site. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. It’s called a romance scam, and this devastating Internet crime is on the rise. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”That connection would end up costing the woman million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent she had.Though originally a teen-only site, Tagged now has more members in the 35- to 49-year-old group than in any other; teens in the United States now account for 10% of its members.