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According to Mayes, they’ve handled more than 14,000 such cases in the past three years.“We will advise them, first of all: Don't panic.
Go deactivate all your social media accounts,” he says.
Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.
He suggested they ditch the dating site and switch to email.
The site tends to be a last resort for victims who are afraid to go to the police, or to tell anyone in their life what’s happened, because they’re ashamed.“These people are not stupid at all. “With the romance scam, it could be someone who's been married for a number of years.
It’s not uncommon for victims to lose tens of thousands of dollars.In Mays’ experience, romance scammers typically target 30 to 40 people a day, and will eventually move on to easier prey if they encounter resistance.Whatever you do, he adds, don’t ever pay them — that will only make a scammer more aggressive.But soon after, she learned that the son had had an accident at school and needed help paying hospital bills — urgently.“Of course I was sending money again to Western Union,” Firefly says.Scarcely had the boy recovered when he was struck by cholera, which required another expensive course of treatment.