What are romance scams?                                                        
A Romance Scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to get the victim to send money to the scammer under false pretences or to commit fraud against the victim

What are the signs?  

  • They move communications away from dating websites. 
  • They ask a lot personal questions about you.
  • They avoid answering personal questions.
  • They try to establish a bond quickly.
  • They ask for financial help.
  • You never meet them in person

 

Romance Scammers are one of the most common scams in the world & they are one of the most difficult scams to recover fund from, these kind of scams can have a huge detrimental impact on a persons mental health.

In 2019, people reported losing $201 million to romance scams. People reported losing more money to romance scams in the past two years than to any other fraud reported to the FTC. Romance Scammers often have access to dozens of bank accounts that they will ask you to pay money into, they also use a method called “Layering” which means that your money if often transferred out of the account immediately & this is what makes it so difficult to recover your funds.

The process of laundering money typically involves three steps: placement, layering, and integration. Placement puts the “dirty money” into the legitimate financial system. Layering conceals the source of the money through a series of transactions and bookkeeping tricks

A Romance Scammer will always ask you very personal questions at the start of the conversation –

  • Are you married / single / divorced? 
  • They ask you if you have children
  • They ask you if you work
  • They ask you if you have pets
  • They ask you if you go out a lot 
  • They ask you if you have friends, family or neighbours near by

These questions may seem harmless but they are actually “assessment questions” that a Romance Scammer will ask you in order to assess you as a possible target and to establish if there is a high chance of you talking to other people about them.

Romance Scammers are more likely to target you if you appear to live alone, this is usually identified when a Scammer can see that you only tend to upload pictures of yourself or your pets, group photos will deter a Romance Scammer from targeting you because there is a high change that they will be exposed.

Scammers Be Gone are here to make it as easy as possible to report a Romance Scammer or Dating Scammer of any kind, we will do as much of the work as possible for you in terms of reporting & tracking down the scammer and we will keep you up to date every step of the way.

If you have concerns that you or a loved one is speaking to a Romance Scammer the please fill out the short form below & we will contact you immediately for free & confidential support.

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