Updated: August 10, 2023
Romance scams - are where a scammer pretends to be in love with their mark, and their mark ends up sending money.
How romance scams persuade people to hand over money
The scammer takes on the identity of an appealing person
They build up a relationship - this can take 3-6 months.
They pretend to be victim of something: an emergency medical bill, canceled credit card, lost passport
They ask for money
Why it works
Criminologists believe it works, in part, because it prays on human nature: the need and desire to help others.
Humans are altruistic beings and want to help the species.