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It’s never too late to find love, and lots of dating sites and apps are there to help. But scammers are out to steal your heart, too…and then steal your money. This Older Americans Month, let’s talk about romance scams. These can happen when someone makes a fake profile on dating sites, apps and social media. They then message you to get a relationship going, build your trust, and connect.

Then, they hit you up for money. “Baby, I want to come see you but I’m short on funds. Can you send me $500 for a ticket?” Or, “I love you, honey. But we may not be able to talk anymore because my phone is about to get cut off. I need $300 to pay the bill…” Get the idea?

In the name of love, you send money. They come back with other lies to get still more money. Then the messages stop. You can’t reach them. They’ve taken off with a piece of your heart and big chunk of your wallet.

People reported $304 million in losses to romance scams in 2020. Here’s how you can avoid these heartless imposters:

  • If someone you’ve never met in person asks you for money, that’s a scam. No matter the story. Never send money or gifts to anyone you haven’t met in person — even if they send you money first.
  • Only scammers tell you to buy gift cards, wire money, or send cryptocurrency. Once you send that money, you won’t get it back.
  • Do a reverse image search of the person’s profile picture. See if it’s associated with another name or with details that don’t match up. Those are signs of a scam.

Talk to someone you trust about your new love interest, and pay attention if they’re concerned. Learn more by watching this video and at ftc.gov/romancescams. And if a scammer tries to charm you out of your funds, report it to the FTC.

Scam Tags:  Romance Scams

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It's pretty sad so many people fall for this scam.

Keep up the rightous work!

A friend of mine got sucked into this very scheme over six years ago. He was a "retiring captain" in the service but was stationed overseas. They couldn't talk on the phone because the enemy might have been listening. He asked her to send a computer. She sent a computer that included all the bells and whistles to the tune of over $2,000. When it arrived overseas, the scammer was now the government saying she sent gold bars and had to pay up or her captain would be held in captivity. At that moment, she realized she had been scammed for weeks. The captain ended up being a 21 year old from NY. Please women and men - be careful. This person preyed on her loneliness and took full advantage of that. This lady who was scammed is a very intelligent lady and truly believed this captain loved her.

It’s too late. This should have come out a year ago. Is there any way to catch these guys and have them arrested?

Me too..I heard of catfish but never knew how they sucked you in..to late for me too..waiting to be sure before I turn him in!

very informative !!!!!!

It's happens twice to me But never again

I never knew that it's a first time for everything

I have been scammed by a person who states he’s a independent contractor who I met on an online dating site. After a few emails he states he’s got a contract to fix a pipeline ion a rig in the gulf. Equipment brakes down and needs $5,000 because he doesn’t have enough money. Next comes another$9,500 to pick up at dock. Needed money again to fly home. The day he was to leave he is arrested due to explosions at rig. Now in prison and needs $150,000 to pay for the damages. I am out $45,000 and told him I could not send any more money. He also claims to love me after a few emails and dents bible quotes all the time. He says he lives in Arizona but there is no record of him on the internet. When I asked him what his nationality is because of the way he writes he avoids the question and laughs and says United States. He goes by the name of David.
Has anyone been scammed by this man.

Sure sounds the present guy david wellingham petroleum engineers who says scammed by Russian and all his bank accounts are lock up on oil rig l

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