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

Scammers ask you to pay by wiring money, with reload cards, or with gift cards because they can get cash quickly and remain anonymous. They also know the transactions are almost impossible to reverse.

For the full article, written by the Federal Trade Commission click here


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