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23-Jan-2020 00:41

The FTC — not an entity I had anticipated offering an opinion on my dating life — suggests that singles should never send money or gifts to “a sweetheart” they haven’t met in person, and that they should discuss all new love interests with friends or family so an impartial third party can analyze whether the person seems real.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.

Gwinnett County police have a warrant for the arrest of John Martin Hill, 35, who is charged with theft by deception.They include someone wanting to leave the dating website and chat through personal email, messenger or phone.It also includes someone professing their love so quickly, or things like claiming to be from the United States but traveling overseas at the moment, or telling them they planned to visit but either a business deal had gone sour or they quickly had some sort of traumatic event.The financial consequences of these scams are also getting bigger, with reported losses quadrupling from million in 2015 to 3 million in 2018.

The “romance scam” category is only loosely defined, but the report focuses on situations in which one person pretends to be romantically interested in another in order to extract money from them.They come up with urgent-sounding reasons — like health problems or “some other misfortune” — or pretend to need the money in order to travel to meet up in person.