SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Valentine’s Day is Thursday and while people are looking for love, scammers are looking for victims.
A new report from the Federal Trade Commission shows romance scams generated more losses for consumers in 2018 than any other type of fraud reported.
The number of complaints ballooned from 8500 in 2015 to 21,000 last year.
Consumers lost more than 143-million dollars to scammers in 2018 alone.
Scammers often target their victims through online dating sites or social media. They gain the victim’s trust and then ask them to wire money.
Beverley Franzke said she was scammed out of $30,000 by someone she met on match.com.
The Better Business Bureau estimates there may be a million romance fraud victims in the U.S. alone.