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“The victims are legitimately in love, legitimately care for this person. They’re thinking emotionally, not cognitively.” In some cases, victims have bought wedding dresses, engagement rings or made wedding plans with someone they’ve never met, Nofziger says.“The victims often don’t have doubts because scammers are so good at nurturing relationships,” says Todd Kossow, director of the Midwest region of the Federal Trade Commission, which collects scam reports.How a romance scam works Chances are you’ve tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.Unfortunately, scammers post fake profiles and pictures on these same sites in hopes of finding deep pockets.If you’ve fallen victim to a romance scammer, here are some ways to start regaining control of your financial life.File a complaint: Federal Trade Commission: Call 877-FTC-Help, or file a complaint online.
In many cases, they’re lonely after a divorce, the death of a spouse, or their kids are grown and have left home.FBI: File a complaint at Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you’ve wired money to a scammer: Both Western Union and Money Gram have websites with information on filing complaints.Western Union agreed in January 2016 to a 6 million settlement with the FTC over allegations of looking the other way and allowing fraud and money laundering.The scammer transfers stolen money into the account, then asks you to wire it out of the country, the FTC warns.Keep your guard up Rather than jumping right into an online relationship, “Be mysterious,” Nofziger advises. Don’t give out everything right away.” If you have any suspicions, search online to check if what he or she has told you jibes with what is publicly available online.They work around the clock, and will keep you up all night communicating, she says. The romance scammers often will steal a military member’s photo from social media sites or press releases, Grey says, and may even use the military member’s name in their online profiles.“They get the victim in a fog so she’s no longer thinking clearly.” It’s not unusual for scammers to claim they’re in the military. Even senior Department of Defense leaders have had their identities stolen by these fraudsters.The scammer often will make excuses for why he or she can’t talk on the phone, or will make – and then cancel – plans to meet you.The scammer then will claim there has been an emergency and he or she needs money.Western Union received at least 44,500 complaints about online dating and romance scams, with losses totaling at least million, between 20, the FTC’s Todd Kossow says.Amy Nofziger, regional director of the AARP Foundation, explained how a romance scam works: The scammer will often say he or she is from the United States, but is traveling or working overseas, and will quickly profess his or her love for you.