Once again, online daters are being warned of confidence/romance scams that draw them into a relationship and then convince them to provide their financial or other information or send money, according to an FBI alert.

“In 2017, more than 15,000 people filed complaints with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) alleging they were victims of confidence/romance fraud and reporting losses of more than $211 million,” the FBI said. “In 2018, the number of victims filing these complaints increased to more than 18,000, with more than $362 million in losses — an increase of more than 70 percent over the previous year.”

Confidence/romance fraud logged in as “the seventh most commonly reported scam to the IC3 based on the number of complaints received, and the second costliest scam in terms of victim loss,” the alert said.

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