GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – There is a new alert about online romance scams. Consumer experts say thieves could be targeting you on dating sites and social media. There is a stunning new report by the Better Business Bureau about online scams targeting people looking for that perfect match.
It's estimated there are 25,000 scammers online every month.
The report by the BBB states a million people in the U.S and Canada have lost nearly a billion dollars in the last three years.
“People all over the world are being ripped off by these same frauds, we’ve got a real global problem,” said Steve Baker, an Internal Investigation Specialist with the BBB.
A woman told Good Morning America she lost a $1,000 to a man she met on Facebook.
“He said he was having problems paying his car, and I said you are a scammer, that's when he said, ‘I am in love with you and that's why I'm telling you the truth that yes I am a scammer’,” said the victim who remained anonymous.
The scam works quite often. Scammers gain a person's trust over time, sending messages and small gifts. They'll tell hard luck stories, and start asking for small favors, money and that more. The scammer will try to isolate you from friends and family.
Tip: Be hesitant if the conversation moves away from the dating site or social media or emails and texting.
Scammers will try to use this strategy to draw you in without other people interfering.
The BBB stakes this is an underreported crime because people are embarrassed to come forward, but they urge you to report it.