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Romance scams on the rise


Last updated 1/5/2021 at 4:20pm

A military veteran from Colorado Springs thought she met the man of her dreams online, but it turns out he was just a romance scammer claiming to be in the military.

Lea Peterson is one of many victims whose experiences are highlighted in a new report showing that romance scams are rising amid loneliness during COVID-19. released a report: Catfishing: A Growing Epidemic During COVID-19 using the most recent data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, an exclusive seven-minute video interview with a Nigerian scammer and a 20-page leaked scammer playbook.


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