They access sites via proxy servers – they want to be anonymous, untraceable. It takes patience and time to develop a successful scam that will pay out thousands of pounds, or to sexually groom someone.
They will spend inordinate amount of time and energy developing their online relationship with their victims.
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.
It is difficult to identify an online abuser because they know how to act or blend online so they don’t stand out.
They also hide behind fake identifies, profiles and photos.
If the victim is young, they threaten to tell their parents or friends.