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The FBI says there were more than 14,000 victims of romance scams last year. You can change the location at any time. And even more likely went unreported due to embarrassment. Finding love online with a millionaire turned out to be a rich story for one Upstate New York woman. She exchanged romantic messages, phone calls and photos over three months with “Marvin Roecker,” who turned out to be a work of fiction.

7 million deal to sell dried cocoa beans to Kraft Heinz. He asked her to help fund the shipping and insurance, promising to pay her back when they would meet in person and began a relationship. The FBI tells the Buffalo News that the photo she received of “Marvin” turned out to be a realtor in Texas whose name is not Marvin Roecker. There’s no evidence he was aware of the scam. Two men, both citizens of Ghana, were arrested in the U.

Gross, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Buffalo, told the newspaper that similar romance scams occur across the U. Scammers build trust and rapport with intimate communication, figuring out “what buttons to push” to take advantage. 219 million last year, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Victims include men and women, but the most vulnerable include widowed or divorced women over 50. Investigators say the true number of victims is as much as 10 times higher as more scams go unreported, likely due to embarrassment. 16 years in prison for convincing women he met on Tinder, Match. One man in Las Vegas found out his photos were used for hundreds of Facebook accounts when one victim even appeared at his front door.

Social media is the avenue these people use to access their victims,” Assistant U. Be careful about the information you share and be careful about who you share it with. And also watch out for a big red flag: “If a person you’ve never met asks you for money, it’s probably a good thing to avoid,” Allen added. More from More on NYup. 2018 Advance Media New York. Please forward this error screen to sharedip-160153131187. Bravo Media rolls out the red carpet for a slew of celebrity and Bravolebrity guests when The Millionaire Matchmaker returns.