Recovery From Romance Scam
Romance scams stand tall as one of the oldest and most gruesome ways by which fraudsters swindle unsuspecting individuals of their hard earned resources. They are mostly initiated online through virtual dating. These criminals fabricate an emotional facade and maximise the innocence of victims to making them part ways with their valuables, in cash and sometimes, in kind.
The sad part is that this act in most cases is not a one-off, it is continuous and since emotions are involved, victims find it difficult to discontinue. Helium forensics is specially equipped to help you recover every single penny you have lost in this kind of web. Our trained personnel are brilliant and they have the ability to professionally retrieve your funds from these criminals.
Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Read about the stories romance scammers make up and learn the tip for avoiding a romance scam. Romance scams reached a record $304 million in losses reported to the FTC in 2020. That’s up about 50% from 2019.
Romance scammers create fake profiles on dating sites and apps, or contact their targets through popular social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Google Hangouts. The scammers strike up a relationship with their targets to build their trust, sometimes talking or chatting several times a day. Then, they make up a story and ask for money.
The Lies Romance Scammers Tell
They’ll often say they’re living or traveling outside of the United States. We’ve heard about scammers who say they are
- working on an oil rig
- in the military
- a doctor with an international organization
We’ve heard about romance scammers asking their targets for money to
- pay for a plane ticket or other travel expenses
- pay for surgery or other medical expenses
- pay customs fees to retrieve something
- pay off gambling debts
- pay for a visa or other official travel documents
Scammers ask people to pay
- by wiring money
- with reload cards like MoneyPak or gift cards from vendors like Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, or Steam.