Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning of online dating scams.The FBI said “romance scammers” cost Texans $16 million in 2016.The scheme revolves around people searching for romantic partners on dating websites, apps, or social media.Schemers then obtain personal finance and identifying information.According to the FBI in 2016, almost 15,000 complaints categorized as romance scams or confidence fraud were reported to IC3, and the losses associated with those complaints exceeded $230 million.The states with the highest numbers of victims were California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.In Texas, the IC3 received more than 1,000 complaints from victims reporting more than $16 million in losses related to romance scams. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.” That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent she had.
Romance is in the air as we approach Valentine's Day, and many people turn to online dating services to find that special person.There are dozens of dating apps ready to connect people looking for love, however, the FBI is warning app users that scammers are also on those apps looking for victims.According to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), romance scams result in the highest amount of financial losses to victims when compared to other online crimes.In 2016, IC3 logged nearly 15,000 complaints concerning romance scams.
The losses associated with those complaints exceeded $230 million.
With Valentine’s Day approaching next week, the FBI is warning Charlotteans about possible online dating scams.