If you’ve fallen victim to a romance scammer, here are some ways to start regaining control of your financial life.File a complaint: Federal Trade Commission: Call 877-FTC-Help, or file a complaint online.The scammer often will make excuses for why he or she can’t talk on the phone, or will make – and then cancel – plans to meet you.The scammer then will claim there has been an emergency and he or she needs money.Western Union received at least 44,500 complaints about online dating and romance scams, with losses totaling at least million, between 20, the FTC’s Todd Kossow says.Amy Nofziger, regional director of the AARP Foundation, explained how a romance scam works: The scammer will often say he or she is from the United States, but is traveling or working overseas, and will quickly profess his or her love for you.If you’re already smitten, you may wire funds to the scammer – no questions asked.“They are caught in the scammer’s web,” Nofziger says.
At least he thanks her with an enchanting love note - “Think of me and my warmth will be the blanket for you to sleep tight in the night.
FBI: File a complaint at Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you’ve wired money to a scammer: Both Western Union and Money Gram have websites with information on filing complaints.
Western Union agreed in January 2016 to a 6 million settlement with the FTC over allegations of looking the other way and allowing fraud and money laundering.
He allegedly also had a son who lived in the Philippines with his grandmother.
The alleged architect claimed he worked for Wahum, a company based in China, but the user discovered upon further research that Wahum was actually based in Nigeria.