33% of the survey’s respondents said they had no one to confide in, and that is exactly what romance scammers are counting on: the increase of lonely people goes hand in hand with the increase of romance scams.Last year only, studies showed that more than million dollars were stolen due to romance scams in Australia.Criminals then use dating websites, emails or mobile apps to first contact their victims.
The major difference between the two genders is the amount of financial losses: million for women against million for men.
No matter the story they tell, scammers will ask for money orders, wire or international funds transfers since those are very hard to be traced and refunded.
Another way scammers extort money from their victims is blackmail.
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This is of course just the tip of the iceberg: a lot of victims refrain to report having being romance-scammed due to embarrassment and emotional suffering. A romance scam is a fraud technique that criminals use to access their victims’ finances by engaging in a romantic relationship with them, gaining their trust and affection so that they can later manipulate their lovers-victims into willingly sending them money.