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Romance Scams


What are Romance scams?

Romance scams target victims, who may be emotionally vulnerable, with companionship and friendship. The goal of the criminal(s) perpetrating the crime is to get the victim to send them funds, which they claim are for a wide range of necessities such as travel, medical care, or a business opportunity.

The fraudster, who is often located internationally but portrays themselves as American, will contact the victim through social media networks, online forums, apps, or dating sites. After making contact, the fraudster will attempt to develop a deeper relationship with the victim. While men can be targets, the victims of romance scams tend to be women over the age of 50.

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