Holden said that an enterprising fraudster with the right programming skills or the funds to hire a coder could easily automate the scam using bots that are programmed to respond to emails from the targets with content-specific replies.
The romance scam package urges customers to send at least a dozen emails to establish a rapport and relationship before even mentioning the subject of traveling to meet the target.
This lures victims who swipe or click to begin corresponding.
The perpetrators may be working out of call centers in West Africa, wooing four or five people at a time.
Virtually every aspect of cybercrime has been made into a service or plug-and-play product.