FBI Phoenix Tech Tuesday: Romance Scams

A special agent in the FBI's Phoenix Field Office describes the warning signs of romance scams.

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Hello. I’m Special Agent Martin Hellmer of the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office.

What better month than February to shed some light a fraud scheme we commonly refer to as romance scams.

These occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust.

Then, the scammer uses that illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and steal from the victim.

Might someone you know and love fall prey to a romance scam?

You may just save a loved one from emotional pain and financial suffering.

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