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The excitement of making a match on a dating app can disappear instantly when the person asks for money instead of dinner plans. 

In 2018, more than 21,000 reports of romance scams were made to the Federal Trade Commission, adding up to a total loss of $143 million, according to a new report by the agency. 

Scam artists use different tactics to gain a victim’s trust, but one of the most offensive may be pretending to be a member of the military looking for love while serving overseas.

It’s one that has popped up in Arizona, military and legal officials say.

What are romance scams? 

According to the Better Business Bureau, romance scams are different than cat-fishing. While cat-fishing typically only involves deception, romance scam artists are intending to take money from a victim. 

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