CHARLOTTE — Someone lost nearly $20,000 after they fell for a new romance scam that is sweeping the Carolinas, according to the Better Business Bureau.
Imposters are finding victims on dating apps and online and are posing as “sugar mamas” or “sugar daddies” only to steal unsuspecting victims’ money.
They tell victims to send some of the money to their friend in need as a favor.
The scammers promise a weekly allowance in exchange for affection.
The scammer transfers money to your bank account or a payment service, such as Cash App.
In some cases, they ask people to donate to charities that end up being fake.
Nearly 70,000 Americans lost a record $1.3 billion to romance scams in 2022. Social media was the preferred gateway to their hearts and their wallets, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
In the video at the top of this webpage, learn how to not fall for scams while trying to fall in love.
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