New York, NY—The NYPD 19th Precinct posted to its Twitter feed recently to be aware of online dating scams. A timely alert as the number of reported romance scams and the number of losses from the scams have been steadily increasing.
According to AARP, between 2015 and 2019, there were 84,119 romance-scam complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission, a consumer-protection agency.
The FTC says more than $342 million was lost to romance scams between 2015 and 2018. The costliest scam reported to the FTC in 2019 were romance scams worth $201 million, which is up nearly 40 percent since 2018.
The FTC also notes that the telltale signs of a scam include the scammer professing love quickly, then asks for money and claims they need the money for emergencies, hospital bills or travel. The FTC highly recommends slowing down, never transfer money and to contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer.
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