Last year, the National Consumers League noted that they received at least 80 complaints from online users who have been victimized by romance scams.
With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, here are some of the most common online scams that use romance as a hook.
Spread the word to your friends and family to protect them.
Scammers use all kinds of sneaky approaches to steal your personal details.
They may even send you a large number of seemingly legitimate legal documents to sign, such as power of attorney documents.
In some cases you may be invited overseas to examine documents and the money.
Unfortunately, they're also used as effective hooks for different scams.
Last year, we outlined a list that corralled a number of the most common love scams that successfully toyed not just with online users’ hearts but also their money—likening it to Neil Gaiman’s notion of love and how it makes anyone vulnerable.
In the United States alone, dating and matchmaking sites have grown to a billion-dollar industry, cashing in almost Billion and attracting a consumer base of over 49 Million online users in 2015.
Last year’s FBI advisory on the trajectory of dating scams also shed light on an attack form that preys on the fear of its targets.
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[Read: 8 Valentine's Day threats] Such is the case with people who have unknowingly allowed themselves to play accomplice to a cybercriminal act—with them usually coming out as the victims.