With the hopes of finding that special someone, humans across the world rely on social media and dating apps to find the one. And sometimes, singles looking for love stumble upon someone that sounds too good to be true. It could just be the beginning of a fairytale romance, or the beginning of a romance scam.
Romance scammers will use any means necessary, including playing on religion or eternal love, to string potential victims along to get one thing: money. Because scammers bombard them with love and attention, victims become blind to the unfolding situation. Victims send money to their loved ones in need because they love them. Who wouldn’t send money to their soulmate in need, especially if they promised to pay you back? Sadly, individuals have reported losing an incredible $1.3 billion to romance scams in the last five years.