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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

Google Sex Scam Queen: ‘Devil in Flesh of a Fairy’ Preys on Lonely Heart Men

Google sex and marriage scams all have one thing in common, a strikingly attractive woman. The are diverse, invariably young and desperately seeking true love, marriage and children. But no one has figured into more scams than an angel-faced beauty described by one victim as a “devil in the flesh of a fairy.” Her name is Carine, or Miriam, or Liliane, depending any one of several profiles posted on Google Plus, according to an IM special investigation of the search engine’s social media site. ...

Google Hangouts No. 1 Haven for Sex Scams; Possible Islamic State Conduit

Google Hangouts, the Internet giant’s answer to Facebook and other social media outlets, is a fertile hunting ground for organized crime groups that could be fronts for the Islamic State. They are using the service to con tens of thousands of dollars from unwitting users through blackmail and sex and marriage scams, a special IM investigation has learned. ...