Online dating scams often follow the same script – here’s what senior citizens should watch out for and how their younger relatives can help them avoid falling victim. Recently, we looked at how older people can avoid falling victim to various flavors of online scams. This time round, we’ll examine the costliest type of fraud to affect … More Rom‑con: How romance fraud targets older people and how to avoid it
As dating apps experience a boom amid COVID-19, losses to romance scams soar too. More and more people have been flocking to online dating platforms in search of romance and companionship in the wake of lockdowns and social distancing mandates, but the new reality also contributes to record-high losses from romance scams, according to a report by the United … More Romance scams in 2020: Breaking hearts, wallets – and records
What are some of the most common signs that your online crush could be a dating scammer? We’re living in a fast-paced era, and it’s become increasingly difficult to juggle a career, have a social life, and find love. People are increasingly switching to more convenient means to find a connection, like dating apps and … More How romance scammers break your heart and bank account
Up to 30 percent of romance fraud victims in 2018 are estimated to have been used as money mules. Scammers are using dating sites and apps not only to scout for lovesick men and women before bilking them out of money, but also to recruit ‘money mules’ for laundering funds obtained in illicit activities. According … More FBI warns of romance scams using online daters as money mules
And that’s on top of the heartache experienced by the tens of thousands of people who fall for romance scams each year. Last week, as couples all over the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, we highlighted the risks of romance fraud. Even with V-Day safely behind us, it’s important to remain on high alert for online dating … More How costly are sweetheart swindles?