Got Love? No, but credit cards are accepted
While you were either scrambling to get last-minute flowers delivered or you were expecting to receive a delivery that didn’t show up, be thankful you weren’t a victim of “romance-scam”. This week, the FTC said it received a record of 21,000 reports of romance scams in 2018, which cost victims total of $143 million, or an average of $2,600 per victim. People ages 40 to 69 lost more money compared to folks in their 20s and 30s. But the elderly, (70 years +) lost average of $10,000 in 2018. Romance scams were 7x higher than any other type of fraud, according to the report.
So how does one get scammed? According to the report, “romance scammers will create fake online profiles using photos taken off the internet to lure people. Then portray those made-up personas on various dating apps and social networks…often dodging video chats or in-person visits by saying they’re stationed abroad in the military.” Once you’ve established your relationship status with your new scam-bae, they will then tell victims of a medical emergency or misfortune and request money for help to cover those expenses, in most cases, they even ask for money to help them pay to come and visit their victim. Stay woke on those dating apps, my friends.