FTC warns of increase in romance scams

Americans lost more than $300 million to people using fake dating profiles last year, nearly a 66% increase over 2019.
1:22 | 10/21/21

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New report from the ftc about scams targeting older adults including online shopping fraud, tech support scams but the most financially devastating of all romance scams, Americans 60 and up lost about $139 million to these scams last year, 66% jump from 2019, before the pandemic. Erielle is back to break this down. So how do they work and how can people protect themselves this. The ftc say scammers use fake dating profile luring them to send money. The pandemc has been isolating, especially true for seniors and the ftc say that may be the key reason scams targeting them has jumped. Never send someone money if you have only connected with them online or on the phone. Use an online reverse image search to make sure their pictures align, and if the details don't seem to match up it's likely a scam, and remember, it's easy to get caught up, when love is involved if your loved ones or friends seem concerned, it's probably a red flag. Thank you, erielle. Appreciate it. Coming up, my interview with first lady Dr. Jill Biden, the

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