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How Romance Scammers Use Photoshop to “Pig Butcher” Lonely Victims

Romance Scammers Use Photoshop (1)

Hello, detectives-at-heart! Welcome back to Keefe Private Investigations, here, we try to keep you informed so that you do not fall prey to scams. I’m Makayla, and today we will be bringing you something different. A romance scam detective shares with us today how romance scammers use Photoshop to “pig butcher” lonely people. So, sit tight and enjoy this information so that you can be safe. Don’t forget that, for top-notch private investigation services in Oklahoma which you cannot get elsewhere, call Keefe at (405) 435-8355 and you will not regret it.

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Introduction to the case

Many people go on dating platforms and put themselves out there on their social media platforms because they are seeking love, connection, and companionship. However, some are seeking ways to scam these people through romance scams. They use Photoshop to create a false sense of reality and manipulate these lonely people or people just seeking to find love.”

The Art of Deception

Pig butchering is the process where a pig butcher, who is a type of romance scammer, targets their victims, builds a fake online relationship with them and when they finally get the trust of their victim, they scam them of their money. The art of pig butchering has been studied by many pig butchers. These scammers make use of Photoshop and create convincing profiles that will lure victims in. They make use of attractive individual pictures and beautiful pictures or they edit their images more appealingly. These scammers sometimes swap their faces with those of an attractive person who has no idea that a scam is being committed. They edit their picture to enhance their skin tones, facial structure, and their skin tones. If they are aiming to have beautiful settings or views in their pictures, they can look for such pictures and insert themselves in them. They even go as far as using AI technologies to create convincing videos

The “Pig Butchering” Process

As a romance scam private detective in Nichols Hills, we have seen romance scams start the pig butchering process after they have successfully photoshopped their pictures. They use their pictures to create a fake profile that helps them build trust with the victim they want to romantically scam. They build connections with their victim by engaging their victim in conversations, sharing fake stories about themselves, and making their victims emotionally invested in them. To lull their romance scam victim into a false sense of intimacy, they share more photoshopped intimate or explicit pictures as the case may be. When they notice that their victims have started developing genuine feelings with the fake person or profile they create, they come up with emergencies to request money. If the victim refuses to send the money, since they have gotten close to the victim, they may emotionally or psychologically manipulate their victim to do their bidding

The Consequences

Romance scammers carry out their heinous activities, get their money, and go on with their lives, forgetting that it has debilitating consequences on their victims. The amount that the victims transfer to these ransom scammers is often huge, leading to financial loss for them especially if the scammers promised to pay back after the emergency is sorted. The victim has emotional trauma like shame, and low self-esteem, which may make them not experience love again because they no longer trust people. Scammers may use stolen photos and information for other fraudulent activities which lead to identity theft

Protection Tips

The increase in romance scams does not mean that there are no genuine people out there looking to find love. But, before you trust someone you just met online, there are some protection tips you should follow to stay safe. The first thing is to verify the profiles of the people you are chatting with. You can carry out a reverse image search and check for inconsistencies in their pictures or profile. Most romance scammers use excessive compliments and flattery to build trust with their victims because let’s face it, who doesn’t like a good compliment? So, be careful of excessive flattery. There are red flags you should pay attention to like inconsistent stories, being secretive, or poor grammar while chatting. Do not send money to someone you have not met and you have only been chatting with online, no matter the emergency they claim to have. Stick to well-known platforms with robust security measures some may cost a signup fee, but they carry out searches on people who sign up before allowing them to be matched. Inform the dating site or authorities if you suspect a scam, it will help safe others


The reality is that romance scammers are often looking for a way to improve their scamming skills and this is why they use Photoshop to “pig butcher” lonely people. Our digital world has made their schemes and scams easier. So, be vigilant so that you do not fall victim. At Keefe Private Investigations, we see how important it is for the criminal justice system to take its time in carrying out thorough investigations and to ensure that justice is served well. For more insights or our services, visit us at or Like, share, and subscribe for more informative content. Until next time, please stay alert and if you see a story you want us to feature, send us a message

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