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Sure, you can find love online. You could also find yourself falling for a clever con artist who will gain your trust and rob you blind. It happens all too often. For the past two years, more money has been lost to romance scams than any other type of scam reported to the FTC.
Romance scammers post their fake profiles on popular dating websites and apps. They also target people through direct messaging on social media sites. Their goal is to steal your heart and then steal your money. Victims can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some cases, their life savings. He tricked her into sending him all her savings and half of her retirement moneyplus the proceeds from two loans she took out for him. And now I have to find a second job to pay off those loans.
As is typical with these scams, this online romance was all via text or .
And yet, the relationship felt real to Joyce. While older folks tend to lose more money when they fall for a romance scam, anyone can get fooled by the fake profiles and stolen photos of attractive men and women.
Joyce started her search for a husband in March of on a popular website for singles over She quickly found herself in an online relationship with Joel, who said he was an architect, also divorced, who lived in a nearby community in Illinois. When Joyce asked for pictures and a copy of his driverJoel sent them. He even sent her flowers for Easter. Eventually, Joel said he was going to Lisbon on business. When he returned, he said, they could start their life together. The first request for money came shortly after that, more than three months into the con.
Joel said it was a loan to help with a business opportunity in Lisbon that would benefit both of them when there were married. So Joyce sent the money, as instructed, via Bitcoin. This was just the first of many money requests. When Joyce got suspicious and shared her concerns, Joel insisted he was a man of his word and not out to steal her money.
So how could this happen?
Some people go online looking for a different type of relationship. This relationship may or may not include sex. We wanted to know what the industry is doing to protect its customers, so we contacted Match Groupwhich owns 10 popular dating sites, including Tinder, Match and OkCupid. The company declined to talk to us, but provided a link to its Safety Center where users are instructed not to send money to someone they meet on one of its platforms and to report any individual who asks them to do that.
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