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Glen Rock Resident Victim of “Romance Scam”

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Glen Rock NJ, on Friday July 21st, at 9:44 AM  a Glen Rock resident came to Glen Rock Police headquarters to report that he was the victim of an online romance extortion scam where he wired $20,000.00 to a person he met online. The incident was turned over to the Glen Rock Detective Bureau for further investigation.

According to the FTC millions of people use online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Read about the stories romance scammers make up and learn the number one way to avoid a romance scam.

Romance scammers create fake profiles on dating sites and apps or contact you through popular social media sites like Instagram or Facebook. The scammers strike up a relationship with you to build up trust, sometimes talking or chatting several times a day. Then, they make up a story and ask for money.

People reported a record $547 million in losses to romance scams in 2021. That’s up about 80% from the reports the FTC got in 2020. In 2021, people reported paying romance scammers more with gift cards than with any other payment method. The 2021 reports also showed that cryptocurrency payments were the most costly.

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One thought on “Glen Rock Resident Victim of “Romance Scam”

  1. 20,000 is an awful lot to be sending to someone you have not met in person.

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