Online hackers steal images and identities for romance scams

As Facebook prepares to launch its online dating service, one man warns that scammers used his photos and identity to con women out of money for the last three years.
1:30 | 05/05/18

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Back now with a Facebook love trap. Hackers taking images and identities and then scamming people looking for romance. Here's ABC's Stephanie Ramos. Reporter: As Facebook's new dating service prepares to go online, tonight, one man's warning the social network may attract more than just singles. There are lots of victims. I'm a victim. Reporter: Dr. Steve Jones says for the last three years, scammers have used his photos and identity to con women out of money. He says the scammers pretend to be in love with the women. Ask for financial help and once they get the cash, they disappear. This must be going on people stealing my pictures and using them on Facebook, I'd say, up to ten a day. Reporter: But he says Facebook shut down his real account, because so many women complained that he scammed them but it wasn't him. People all over the world are being ripped off by these same frauds. We got a real global problem. Reporter: An estimated 1 million Americans have fallen for these kinds of scams in just the last three years. As Facebook officially ventures into the dating world, a spokesperson tells ABC, only dating profiles linked to real accounts can be used. Facebook has a dedicated team to detect and block fake accounts and the social media giant recently removed more than 500,000 accounts tied to scams. As for Jones, he still has fake accounts on Facebook. We've seen several new profiles on his identity popping up tonight. Tom. Incredible how widespread this is. All right, Stephanie, thank you.

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