Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Read about the stories romance scammers make up and learn the 1 tip for avoiding a romance scam. Romance scammers create fake profiles on dating sites and apps, or contact their targets through popular social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Google Hangouts.
Will the pandemic change your Social Security decisions? Learn more at our free webinar March Register here. Romance scams , and the millions of dollars lost to them, have jumped dramatically in recent years, even as experts say many cases still go unreported because victims are embarrassed or ashamed. That's roughly equal to the population of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. Just over a year ago, the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—had pleaded guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.
Online dating gives us access to unprecedented numbers of potential matches. From the busiest mums or career women, to men who work FIFO, we now have the ability to meet our match at any time of the day or night. Even in , the ACCC reports online dating scams are still the most successful type of scam — period.