FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Especially Targeting Older Adults
(Link): FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Especially Targeting Older Adults
Seniors made 23,053 online fraud reports in 2020 – 2,150 of those reports were said to be romance scams: FTC
By Cortney Moore | Fox News
An increasing number of American seniors have been targeted for romance scams during the pandemic.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an updated report on the top scams that have cost seniors aged 60 and up millions of dollars.
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The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell
I published one or two articles similar to this one within the last couple of years.
In one of them, the sexes were flipped around:
American women were being swindled by foreign men over the phone or on dating sites, foreign men who were lying and claiming to be American military servicemen, and these foreigners bilked those women out of many thousands of dollars.
(Link): The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell
Jared Johns found out too late that swapping messages with the pretty girl from a dating site would mean serious trouble. If only he had known who she really was.
[Article discusses how he chatted back and forth online with a person claiming to be an 18 year old American woman, and how this led to a scam to rip him off for thousands of dollars]
[Article goes on to explain how the scammers tried to get money out of Jared]
…Doug Fodeman could have reassured Jared.
For years, Fodeman has been hearing about calls just like the ones that had been terrifying Jared.
Along with a friend, the 64-year-old Massachusetts grade school educator started a website called TheDailyScam .com in 2015, after Fodeman’s son and mother were both hit up by con artists.
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(Link): Lovesick Singles Are the Biggest Target for Scam Artists
by K. Paul, Feb 2019
Romance-related scams are now the most costly form of online fraud, the Federal Trade Commission warned Tuesday.
Losses from dating-related fraud quadrupled in recent years, ballooning from $33 million lost in 2015 to $143 million lost in 2018. In many of these scenarios, people are convinced by strangers they meet online — often on dating apps — to fork over money.
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(Link): Man Sues ‘Luxury’ Dating Service After Shelling Out $71K Per Date
By Kathianne Boniello
Jan 21, 2018
A Manhattan man who hired a “luxury” dating service to help him find love instead found a money pit, a lawsuit claims.
The Washington, DC-based matchmaker Taylor Francois-Bodine says she helps the lovelorn “accelerate” their hunt for romance with her “luxury experience” and claims her clientele includes “senators, congress people, ambassadors, well-known sports figures, industry leaders, CEOs and Fortune 500 executives.”
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Florida Man Faked Stage 4 Cancer to Lure In The Ladies
(Link): Florida Man Faked Stage 4 Cancer to Lure In The Ladies – May 2017
Several women are accusing a Florida man of faking stage 4 cancer and manipulating them to get food, money, and shelter, just weeks after his wedding to a long-lost love went viral.
Ken Boyer, 60, of Palm Bay, first gained notoriety when (Link): WKMG-TV covered his wedding to a Missouri woman named Michelle Kimbrel in May. Boyer claimed he “reconnected” with Kimbrel on Facebook a few weeks before they tied the knot.
When Boyer’s story went viral, women across Florida started contacting the station, claiming they recognized Boyer as a former fling.
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