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Romance Scams Are on the Rise, FBI Warns

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2020
Romance Scams Are on the Rise, FBI Warns

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The FBI is warning individuals who use online dating apps and platforms to watch out for scammers leveraging social distancing measures and defrauding unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money.

Romance or confidence scams drew nearly 20,000 complaints back in 2019, with losses totaling almost half of billion dollars, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

“Romance scams result in greater financial losses to victims when compared to other online crimes,” the FBI said. “In 2019, almost 20,000 complaints categorized as romance scams were reported to IC3 (about 1,000 more than the previous year), and the losses associated with those complaints exceeded $475 million”.

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