What is the Romance Scam?
A Romance Scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim
in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim's
money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases the suspect
will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf – as a money
mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance
scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.
Out of 1,066 Complaints filed in 2017, 70% Complaints filed were by people aged
40–70 with reported losses of over $17 Million dollars.