According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, online romance scams account for higher financial losses than any other internet-based crime.
But on the internet, she’s still looking for love in all the wrong places — this time, with a mission.
He had taken $23,000 of her life savings and made her hock her jewelry.
She decided to do a little research online and discovered that, yes, cholera is a problem in Ghana, and yes, treating it can be expensive — except that Ghana actually has a free cholera treatment program.
“In that moment, something was not sounding right to me,” Firefly says. But she also realized something else: There were probably a lot of people, just like her, being victimized on dating sites, and Firefly was determined to do something about it.
But unless online dating users recognize the warning signs and come forward quickly, the crimes are hard to stop and the perpetrators difficult to catch.