These scammers know how to say the right thing at the right time, and we fall for it.” According the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, romance scams reported in 2014 totaled more than million, but Nofziger says this type of financial fraud is underreported.
“Victims are embarrassed and ashamed that they fell for the fraud.
Instead, join some in-person groups like Volunteers of America or participate in AARP programs if you’re over 50.
Continuing your relationship with a scammer only heightens your chances of losing your hard-earned money.
Now, they are lonely and scared, and if they are over 25, they have no idea how the dating scene works,” Fleet says.
“You have someone of the opposite sex saying you’re the best thing since online shopping.
They work in teams, so during the day his name might be ‘Steven,’ and when the other guy comes on duty, it changes to ‘Stephen.'” Reputable dating sites have an internal operation tasked with weeding out these fraudsters, says Mark Huffman, a reporter for Consumer Affairs, a news and advocacy organization based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Marlene (not her real name), an attractive, educated and successful woman, sought pen pals through online dating sites after her husband died. “Don’t be so anxious to get a date for Valentine’s Day that you jeopardize your own safety,” Fleet says. rishalovely36 Zeist, Zuid-Holland Netherlandsbe caring ,be respectful,be loving ,be understanding.i really love god i do believe we should treat others the way we want others to treat us.