As children we heard and saw love stories play out in storybooks to big screen romances, but speed time up to 2021, you’ve got a bunch of choices on who and how to date, but they’re a bunch of romance scams on the rise leading up to Valentine’s Day. The best and worst scammers will catch somebody in their evil web, especially when people are isolated during the pandemic wanting and needing human touch. Studies show that Americans lost over $20 million to romance scams in 2019, more than any other type of scam. In our neck of the woods we had over 400 lovely and lonely hearts taken advantage of, making us the 12th in the nation getting our hearts scammed.
When the FTC releases the final totals for 2020, they are likely to increase in correlation with surging dating app usage with more Americans turning online for human connection. Bumble saw an 84% increase in video calls and Match Group, which owns 60% of the market including Tinder, saw subscriptions increase by 15%. Please note that the numbers have gone up of people getting scammed since writing this blog post.
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