A romance scam is a fraudulent scheme in which a cybercriminal pretends to have romantic interest in a target.
The criminal’s goal is to establish a relationship as quickly as possible, endear themselves to the victim, gain trust, and eventually profess to have fallen in love. Ultimately, the scammer will ask for money or personal information from the victim under these false pretenses.
Romance scams often focus on older or isolated adults who may be more trusting and more vulnerable. Unfortunately, common targets are widows and widowers, but criminals will target anyone eager for a new relationship.
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