Romance Scam: Report

What is a romance scam?

According to Better Business Bureau (BBB), the romance scam is an online scam that uses fake profiles to lure in victims. Many scammers can be as good as they claim to be. With many fraudulent profiles posing as the “love of your life,” there is also no shortage of scammers trying to deceive potential victims.

Many victims of romance scams are left feeling devastated and even scared, not knowing how to combat the phishing and romance scamming that goes on within these digital communities.

Looking for love is easy to do these days thanks to apps and platforms such as Facebook, Tinder, and Grindr. So is the scammers. They have made it easy for those looking for love to contact victims.

What are the signs of a romance scam?

According to the internet site, www.scamtruth.com, the following signs can help identify a romance scammer:

The person asks you to wire funds or make money transfer deposits, which is an early sign that a scam is in the works. Be wary of anyone who requests money in a foreign country or from a different bank than you do. Your scammer has either sent a request for funds from abroad or asked for money sent to a separate account. The name of the person they claim to be with you sounds like a person you would never use in any of your online communication. Romance scams are known to use a fake name and email account, such as “[email protected]” or “Robin.

Why are they so successful?

Trying to help

All scams use a mix of charm and deceit to convince victims to do something they wouldn’t ordinarily do. By convincing the victim that they really care about them, they may be able to convince them to make important financial commitments. Some scammers ask for money, others simply ask for gifts.

Rural communities are affected by romance scams

A survey found that the majority of victims were from rural communities where it can be difficult for them to get out of an abusive relationship. In a lot of cases, the scammer just wants someone to help him or her. If you’re dating a scammer, you’re part of the means to help them in some way.

The Matchmakers

They work for people

The Internet has a lot of powerful voices who have the power to decide who will be successful.

How to spot an online love scam

You must have a date with your potential date. Be careful of online profiles that you receive by email or a message and usually have certain features to them, such as the dates the other person wants to meet you or accept or decline. Sometimes, these features will have hidden links or icons that you can click. These features could prompt you to leave a phone number or an email address for the other person to contact you. The other person can be based in the same country, and you will probably travel to meet them. This could happen after weeks of communication or after a first date. This shows how the scammer has an ulterior motive to set up a date with you. Even if they only want to meet up for a couple of days, this is an early sign that something is wrong.

Conclusion

If you or someone you know falls victim to a romance scam and had their personal or financial information stolen, you should report it immediately to the police. Other authorities can use your report to help keep scammer websites off of social media sites so their victims aren’t negatively impacted.

There are several things you can do to avoid being a victim of a romance scam. Your chances are better if you pay attention to the signs, such as sudden requests for gifts or money. You should also watch out for couples that look “close” in their pictures. These two signs indicate potential scams.

When communicating with a new romantic interest, don’t always believe what you read in their profiles. Always ask for some proof, even if you’re a bit hesitant to.