Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the number of people looking for a date is ramping up. Some dating sites report nearly double the amount of user traffic in the days leading up to Valentine's Day, and romance scammers are lurking amongst the hopeful singles. In just the last 3 years, romance scams have reportedly taken almost one billion dollars from victims. These scammers build fake relationships that culminate into requests for money.
This was the reality for one woman who met a scammer on Facebook. The scammer claimed to be a serviceman working overseas. Gradually, the scammer built up a relationship with the woman, emailing her almost every day. When it came time for him to visit her, he claimed that his bank card wasn't working and she would have to transfer $15,000 to him. Over time, he continued to ask her for financial help until eventually, she ran out of money and talked to the police. However, she had already paid over $100,000 to the scammer with no prospect of getting her money back.
While Valentine's Day can be a great time to find love, don't forget that it's a prime time for scammers to prey on both your heartstrings and your purse strings. Stay away from any potential suitors that ask for money, no matter what they tell you.