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Romance and Dating Scam

Romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. The scammer then uses the illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and/or steal from the victim. The criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do and will seem genuine, caring, and believable. Con artists are present on most dating and social media sites. The scammer intends to establish a relationship as quickly as possible, endear themself to the victim, and gain trust. Scammers may propose marriage and make plans to meet in person, but that will never happen. Eventually, they will ask for money.

The scammer wants to hook you into believing they care for you. Instead, they are grooming you intending to ask you for money. They want you to believe the two of you have a future together. They prey on people who are lonely, who have recently lost a loved one, or who are isolated, without family or friends.

Scam artists often say they are in the building and construction industry and are engaged in projects outside the U.S. That makes it easier to avoid meeting in person—and more plausible when they ask for money for a medical emergency or unexpected legal fee. If someone you meet online needs your bank account information to deposit money, they are most likely using your account to carry out other theft and fraud schemes.

Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Romance and Dating Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Romance and Dating Scam Clues
  • Check out the validity of any website address provided in the email(s). Some scammers set up fake websites with similar names to a real one.
  • Check out their name. Scammers often use names like John Smith, and if they do, check out their picture.
  • Why would someone I hardly know and have never met ask me for money?
Romance and Dating Scam Defence
  • When they start asking you for money, stop and investigate. They might even promise to meet you if you send them a plane ticket, then they disappear.
  • Never send money, plane tickets, or your credit card information to someone you met online.
  • Never give out any personal information, like where you live, to an online “date.”
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