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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Romance Scams Number 1
February 17, 2022

Romance Scams Number 1

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Romance Scams Number 1

People are continuing to fall victim to romance scams.

FBI announced this week that romance fraud victims lost $1 billion in 2021.

Romance scams are believed to be underreported, so the actual amount lost is likely much higher.

Typically, women over the age of 40 are a target for these types of scams especially if they are widowed, divorced, elderly and/or disabled, according to the FBI.

Scammers may be direct in asking for money or they may pretend they need money due to a big emergency. They will ask for cash and will often avoid meeting in person.

Scammers will also trick victims into releasing personal information, including dates of birth and bank account numbers.

Some warning signs that someone may be trying to scam you include:

1. Wanting to leave a dating app and move to email or text

2. Asking or pressuring you for explicit or compromising photos of yourself

3. Their photos look too perfect or professional

4. They always ask for money or help moving money

It is recommended people research the person you meet online, and question why they can’t meet you in person or wait to meet in person despite being provided travel plans. Avoid travel to a foreign country to meet someone and be careful about how much information you share online.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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