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People are losing a lot of money through online romance and dating scams.Estimates indicate that in the US alone, of all internet crimes, online romance scams accounted for up to 0 million in financial losses.They all begin with some ‘hook.’ Often, the scammer (the would-be suitor) will make contact and use something in common or a common interest, for instance, religion or profession, to spark a romantic relationship.The relationship usually ramps up very quickly afterward.As the online relationship gets deeper, the victim is eventually asked for large sums of money.Some are even asked to carry out illegal activities, and they may go ahead and do them willingly either because they are in love or because they’re being threatened.
Dating scams often happen through dating websites, though these scammers can sometimes use other means of communication such as email or social media.
This group of women easily fall victim because they believe that they do not have a good chance of finding love.
They are, therefore, more vulnerable to these scams.
Christine Benning, an FBI agent, says that most of the victims are women aged 50 and above.
Those that are recently widowed or divorced are ideal targets.
Online dating and romance has become a common thing nowadays.