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People looking for love online should hold on to their wallets.More than 12,500 people filed romance scam complaints with the FBI in 2015, losing more than 0 million to fraudsters. Here’s how it works: Romance scammers might persuade you to drain your bank accounts, max out your credit cards or even sell your home – all to send them the cash. You could unwittingly become part of money laundering or drug trafficking schemes.FBI: File a complaint at Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you’ve wired money to a scammer: Both Western Union and Money Gram have websites with information on filing complaints.Western Union agreed in January 2016 to a 6 million settlement with the FTC over allegations of looking the other way and allowing fraud and money laundering.If you’re already smitten, you may wire funds to the scammer – no questions asked.“They are caught in the scammer’s web,” Nofziger says.How a romance scam works Chances are you’ve tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.Unfortunately, scammers post fake profiles and pictures on these same sites in hopes of finding deep pockets.
Their correspondence may contain spelling and grammatical errors. Spokesman Christopher Grey says the Army receives several dozen calls each week about scammers who purport to be in the military.Single dad to three lovely kids, my oldest girl is away at school, my second girl lives with her Mom and my little boy of six is with me, has been since he was 7 months old so ladies, he's not going anywhere. Someone who i can learn from and who can learn from .. British comedy puts me in good mood in any unpleasant situation :) Looking for a girl who is eclectic and family oriented.“The victims are legitimately in love, legitimately care for this person. They’re thinking emotionally, not cognitively.” In some cases, victims have bought wedding dresses, engagement rings or made wedding plans with someone they’ve never met, Nofziger says.“The victims often don’t have doubts because scammers are so good at nurturing relationships,” says Todd Kossow, director of the Midwest region of the Federal Trade Commission, which collects scam reports.