This number derives from more than 12,000 victim complaints to the IC3.
The number of victim complaints between June and December 2015 is more than 900 higher when compared to the same time the year before.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI says an increasing number of Americans are becoming victims of romance scams originating from West Africa. Halpern: Scammers use stories of fake tragedies, medical problems, and other hardships to solicit money. Shamwell: “I have a business that’s profitable, but I’m lacking certain equipment to make it more profitable.
A short message sent on a Thursday evening in early December 2013, under the subject line: Match? She signed up for a six-month subscription to Match.com, the largest and one of the oldest dating services on the Web.There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.Halpern: Romance scams, a type of crime categorized as confidence fraud, result in the highest amount of financial losses when compared to other Internet-enabled crimes.In 2015, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, saw a dollar loss of more than 7 million from confidence frauds.