New Fraud Report Shows Increase In Romance Scams

If you are looking for love online be on the lookout for impostors who want something besides affection: your money.

According to the National Consumers League (NCL), so-called “romance scam” complaints showed a big spike in 2018.

Those scams made up only 1.54 percent of complaints to NCL in 2017, in 2018 they made up 2.81 percent of complaints, a greater than 45 percent jump, year-over-year.

For those who fall prey to these scams, the consequences can be devastating. The average loss reported by victims of these scams in 2018 was $18,831.

Read the full story from ABC-13 WSET .

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