Month: February 2022

$1 Billion in Losses Reported by Victims of Romance Scams

HOUSTON, TX—In 2021, some 24,000 victims across the United States reported losing approximately $1 billion to romance scams.1 It’s likely that many more losses went unreported. Romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. The scammer then uses the illusion of a romantic or close relationship …

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FBI warns of romance scams ahead of Valentine’s Day

As the warning from the FBI states, the public should not be surprised by an increase of romance scams before Valentine’s Day. The nature of the holiday itself lends to this increase, with predators understanding how to exploit human emotions associated with this day.   The Private Investigation Services Group in Bluffton, SC, encourages those who …

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