In some cases, the victim is persuaded to launder money on behalf of the actor. Actors often use online dating sites to pose as U. IC3 receives victim reports from all age, education, and income brackets. However, the elderly, women, and those who have lost a spouse are often targeted. Victims often send money because they believe they are in a romantic relationship. For example, an actor claims to be a U.
The FBI is warning Americans to be on the lookout for scammers targeting people seeking romantic relationships. So-called romance scams are a perennial threat, but the social isolation resulting from the COVID pandemic could make people especially vulnerable, the FBI said.
A notice posted on the agency's website last week warned that scammers in this category "take advantage of people looking for companionship or romantic partners on dating websites, apps, chat rooms, and social networking sites with the sole goal of obtaining access to their financial or personal identifying information.
Those losses "are most likely much higher as many victims are hesitant to report being taken advantage of due to embarrassment, shame, or humiliation," the agency said. A report from the Federal Trade Commission FTC last year found that romance scams have roughly tripled in frequency since Financial losses resulting from online dating scams fbi scams represented the highest losses from any type of fraud reported to the FTC in andthe agency said.
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