Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money.An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.
Of 288,000 online scams, with losses totaling almost $1.1 billion, romance scams accounted for 20 percent of all losses and only 4 percent of all victims. "They’re all smoke and mirrors," Barb Sluppick, owner of Romance Scams.org, says of the scammers.
"They slowly become part of the victim’s dreams." Sluppick’s organization provides support and education to those who lose their hearts -- and often a chunk of their finances -- to scammers.
Nobody wants to be scammed yet most people are not quite sure what to look out for.
These are examples of some of the most notorious scams in the world of online dating and on the internet in general.
What you might not know is that, according to the FTC, Western Union has known for years that scammers were using its system to commit significant fraud....
Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year.
In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.
You probably know that Western Union runs money transfer services in the US and worldwide.
You hear from us fairly often about imposter scams.
In recent months, we’ve told you about IRS imposters, romance scams, and work-at-home scams.
Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.