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If you’re already smitten, you may wire funds to the scammer – no questions asked.
“They are caught in the scammer’s web,” Nofziger says.
Don’t disclose your last name, your address, your place of work or other personal details until you meet your love interest in person. You also can copy portions of emails a love interest has sent and use an online search engine to see if the text appears elsewhere, because many scammers work off scripts, Nofziger says.
Also, copy his or her photo and do an image search to see if anyone else shows up with that photo, Nofziger says.
Other tricks include getting you to smuggle drugs or launder money unknowingly.
For example, Joseph Byron Martin, a 77-year-old retired pastor in Maine, was released from a Spanish prison in 2016.
Victims include everyone from doctors and lawyers to CEOs and cops, Sluppick says.
File a complaint: Federal Trade Commission: Call 877-FTC-Help, or file a complaint online.
They work around the clock, and will keep you up all night communicating, she says. The romance scammers often will steal a military member’s photo from social media sites or press releases, Grey says, and may even use the military member’s name in their online profiles.