According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), online romance or confidence scams are a fast-growing type of Internet crime.
More than 14,500 Americans fell victim to this kind of scam in 2016, up from fewer than 6,000 in 2014.
Scammers’ favorite victims are: The people who fall for romance scams aren’t the only victims. soldiers are particularly likely to be targeted, since being deployed overseas gives scammers a good excuse for not being able to meet their love interests in person. For several years, he’s been receiving angry e-mails, Facebook messages, and sometimes even personal visits from women who claim he broke their hearts and took their money.
However, some people are more likely to be targeted than others. Jones, had not only his image but his entire identity stolen by scammers.Some of them are career criminals, but many are college students with low incomes looking for extra cash.In Nigeria, many of these fraudsters – known as “Yahoo boys” after the Internet portal Yahoo – have grown very rich, buying multiple houses, fancy cars, and expensive jewelry with the proceeds of their crimes.Romance scammers work by setting up fake profiles on dating sites and social media.Sometimes, they use fake names and stock photos; in other cases, they steal real people’s names, images, and personal information.