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No one thinks their online love interest is going to scam them, but scammers are good at what they do. They establish an emotional connection with you so you’re more likely to believe that they’re an expert in cryptocurrency investing, for example. But that online love interest is a scammer. People have lost tens of thousands ― sometimes millions — of dollars to romance scammers.

This all starts with someone contacting you — seemingly at random — on social media. But they’ve done their homework, checking out your profile and other information on the platform. That helps them say the right things to build a relationship…and before you know it, your new friend is talking money. They want to help you invest your money in the crypto markets, or they say they can teach you how to do it. You might think they have your financial well-being in mind, but they don’t. They only care about their own financial well-being.

No matter what they say, if someone you meet online says they want to help you invest in cryptocurrency, it’s an investment scam. Know this:

  • Scammers promise big profits. They might say they’ve made money this way before and that you will too, but it’s a lie. No one can guarantee profits in any investment.
  • Scammers say there’s no risk. But all investments have risks, including investments in the crypto markets.
  • Scammers say they can help you learn to invest. They’ll say they can teach you investment tricks, but they’re really leading you to a scam investment opportunity. You will lose the money you “invest.”
  • Scammers tell you how to send the money. Scammers want your money quickly, so they’ll steer you to gift cardspayment apps like Apple Pay, CashApp, PayPal, and Zelle, money wiring companies, or even cryptocurrency. But only scammers insist you send money this way.  

If you think someone you met on social media is a scammer, cut off contact. Tell the social media platform, and then tell the FTC at Share this post in your socials to alert your followers of this scam.

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Linda E. Polinski
June 10, 2024

I met a man online who turned out to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He brainwashed me into falling in love with him, and I sent him money and gifts for 20 months. He was not the kind of Romance Scammer you are referring to here, but a different type of Love Scammer.
Thank you for warning people about these types of Online Scammers. We all need to learn everything we can, in order to protect ourselves!!

June 10, 2024

Thank You for this information

June 10, 2024

Finally a reliable source to show Grams if she ever joins online dating🙃

Patricia Gerner
June 10, 2024

Thank you ❤️

Tri tran
June 11, 2024

Why nobody put ads about scsmnrts ahead if their action . That helps if ftc fbi interpol pits out warning daily online before somebody getvl scamed its too late.

Randy Smith
June 11, 2024

I tell everyone, “If it sounds too good to be true, it is a scam”.

Beware all they want is your money. You worked hard for it, don’t give it away unless YOU want to.

June 12, 2024

This happened to a friend of mine. Before I heard about his "friend" she had convinced him to "invest" his entire savings. He introduced (on Whatsapp) her to me. She tried to get me to participate in her "passive income" gold buy and sell scam.
I finally got through to my friend by using an app that searches out photos on the dark web. This "nice lady" was using different names, had photos of her in some immodest poses and worse.
When he tried to get some of his money back the fake cryptocurrency app wanted him to pay the "taxes" to the app before it would release his money. His nice lady friend became hostile when he asked her for help.
He's now broke and broken hearted.

June 12, 2024

I am certain neither the Govt nor any Federal/State Agency has any interest in the Financial Well Being of its Citizens. Why do I say this? If the intent is clear then I would expect the least any serious Govt should do is to inform of the Public of the dirty sites milking its Citizens. Lo and behold I have searched the internet and also some AI chat sites including the Financial watchdogs whose duty is to alert of financial irregularities, but no where did I see any list of problem sites. This can only happen intentionally not otherwise. There is a nexus between all these agencies to gang up against the Citizens leaving them with no aid to recourse.
We are in a dire state of Financial manipulations. Too many agencies are conniving together to strip us all of what little we make and distribute it for all kinds of inexplicable deeds. Sad!

June 17, 2024

In reply to by Murali

Your argument is not logical. The government agencies are not conniving together. How could they possibly have a list of every site? They are illegal sites and changing all the time. These government agencies are obviously there to help and are do so by posting information about warning signs and how to protect yourself all over the place and how to get help. Your conspiracy theories are only hurting yourself.

June 27, 2024

In reply to by Murali

Simmer down. Breathe.
I'd rather offer productive suggestions than blast you for your beliefs. I know it's hard when the walls of society are closing in on you, but hear me out.

Put your phone down (or turn off your computer), go outside (ask for help if you can't easily do this), and take a short walk/scooter ride. Just breathe and look at nature. Really try to watch it enough to get totally distracted.

I promise, the world will seem a little less out to get you. You are a part of nature, and nature does NOT care about the machinations of mankind. Even if what you say is true, WE are gonna keep operating and making the world go around. Ignore it. I hope this helps. 🤞🤜🤛

Jerry Hoffman
June 17, 2024

I was contacted through Facebook. The woman claimed an interest inOUR future. And that she can teach me how to do short term cryptocurrency trading. Started with a few thousand dollars. Then pressured to add more money to trading account to get bigger profits. At end of trading cycle MetaMask said I needed to pay 162K in short term capital gains tax TO THEM. The funds are frozen including the 204K that I put into the trade account.

Kimmy K
July 05, 2024

In reply to by Jerry Hoffman

Did you pay the taxes on this? What happens to your frozen profit, is it still just sitting there? I’m having the same scammed issues and I’ve already lost so much money.

Kimmy K
July 05, 2024

In reply to by Jerry Hoffman

So did you pay the tax? I think I’m being scammed the same way. I’ve lost so much money I cannot even imagine how to pay this back.

July 01, 2024

Someone I know fell for this exact scheme. I provided all the info I know, please investigate and bring justice.

July 03, 2024

Why do they contact you on one message site and then want to continue conversations on Whatsapp?

July 09, 2024

Victim of the scam scheme has done everything possible to report this crime. Complaints were filed with every agency and yet, zero responses. Victim walked into his local precinct to try to file a report and was turned away. What protection or resources are there for victims of investment scams? Through an extensive, there are virtually none. Victim has been drained of his entire savings and is heavily indebted, has a family to support. There is no help out there.