In 2016 almost 15000 complaints categorized as romance scams or confidence fraud were reported to ic3 nearly 2500 more than the previous year and the losses associated with those complaints.
romance scams works by checking every part of the dating website available online there are more than 2500 different dating websites today in the us alone but every single year there are 1000 new online dating services opening and based on the estimate there are 8000 competitors all over the globe.
According to the fbi romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of internet fraud in 2016 the last year for which data is available consumers lost.
Internet romance scams and other related crimes are affecting and ruining lives throughout the world the best weapon against this crime is education the more people that are educated in the way the scams work the harder it is for the scammers to make money and the more scammers.
How to prove and fight online dating and romance scams friends and family of romance scam victims sometimes call on security pros to prove their online loves are not who they claim to be.
romance scammers work by setting up fake profiles on dating sites and social media sometimes they use fake names and stock photos in other cases they steal real peoples names images and personal information.
Aarp has joined this revolution partnering with the online dating service howaboutwe to launch aarp dating in december 2012 but the onlinedating boom has also fueled an invisible epidemic according to the federal trade commission ftc complaints about impostor ploys such as the romance scam more than doubled between 2013 and 2014.