She responded by reporting him to the local sheriff and the FBI. The authorities never recovered her money, and she was forced to take out loans to live. alone, romance scammers sweet-talked 5,900 victims out of more than .7 million in 2014.The widow's story is a classic case of a romance scam. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as romance scams are grossly underreported.Red Flags to Watch Out For Red flags that your so-called "match" could be a romance scammer include the following: Taking It Offline.
Mc Graw writes, "It's easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they're being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy -- and your love -- by creating an elaborate scheme." Flirting With Disaster If you've ever been targeted by a romance scammer, you probably know how this scam works.
It begins when the scammer contacts you online and expresses an interest in you, often commenting on your profile picture or some other personal information that you've uploaded on a dating or social media site.
Instead of finding a middle-aged Coloradan, the widow found a college-aged Ghanaian.
In spite of the unmasking of John's true identity, he continued to profess his love for the widow.
File a complaint with an appropriate agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the Federal Trade Commission, or your state's Attorney General's Office. A victim can suffer financial losses and mental anguish, as well as grow distrustful or suspicious of others.
What's more, the victim often won't be able to take comfort in the knowledge that the perpetrator will be brought to justice.
published a disturbing story about a 53-year-old California grandmother and widow who had gotten swept up in one of the oldest cons in the book: the sweetheart swindle. In no time at all, she received a message from a man going by the name of John, who claimed to be a 60-year-old widowed engineer from Colorado. He showered her with compliments, charmed her, and declared that she was "the one." Months later, John said that he had to make a business trip to Africa.
He was rocked by a series of emergencies soon after.
Predators of every stripe troll dating sites, and scams are depressingly rampant.