More Victims Falling for ‘Romance Scams’ Online

February 8, 2014

Online scams are as old as the Internet, but those that use romance as bait are on the rise as dating sites proliferate, authorities say. In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission created a separate category for them among the web crimes it tracks: “romance scam.” Last year, the agency says, it received complaints of losses totaling $105 million, roughly even with the year before.

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