Hang up and tell a friend. Great advice from the FTC on tech support scams.
It happens frequently. A person gets a call, "I found your information online, and I think we are meant to be together. Call me and we can arrange how to connect." Then if the person is lonely enough they follow through, the person sounds convincing and everything they have ever desired. Usually, they live a world away, but the attention is nice. So, the victim sends just a little bit of money, then more and more to keep the attention coming. It doesn't feel quite right, but it helps with the loneliness. Then the person asks for a lot of money and to keep the attention the victim sends what could be there life savings.
70,000 people fell for romance scams in the US in 2022 and losses were nearly $1.3 Billion.
Hang up. Tell a friend. The reality is, this person does not care about you and friends do. Talk with them, find people who can support you and if you need more help call a local senior center.
Romance scammers just want to curb your loneliness for your cash, don't let them get it for fake connection. If you need local connection contact a local non-profit and ask where activities are happening in your community.
Learn more at: https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/pass-it-on/impersonator-scams/romance-scams
Pass it on and tell a friend about Romance scams.
Big Sky Senior Services' program the Prevention of Elder Abuse seeks to provide information to prevent fraud and abuse for Seniors in our community. It is our belief that preventing abuse and fraud leads to independence and better health.