According to FBI estimates released on February 17, 2022, about 24,000 Americans have lost 1 billion US dollars to scammers on the Tinder dating app.
Consumer Sentinel, a high-tech crime and fraud database — says damage from online scams has grown to $547 million in 2021, up from $307 million. dollars in 2020 and $202 million in 2019.
Approximately 25% of losses are paid for by crypto platforms.
Although the number of crypto-related scams has increased by almost 5-fold between 2020 and 2021, gift cards or recharge cards are the most frequent payment method, used by around 28%. scams last year, compared with cryptocurrencies at 18%, payment apps or services at 14%, bank transfers or payments at 13% and wire transfers at 12%, according to the report. FTC.
Accordingly, the victims are mainly deceived by fake accounts with beautiful and sexy girls on Facebook and Instagram.
These guys often use the common “pattern” of poor families, parents who work far away and have to raise children… to touch the hearts of men and women with a lot of money.
In 2020, there were approximately 24,000 complaints submitted to IC3 classified as romance fraud, nearly 4,300 more than the year before. Total estimated losses in 2020 are around $605 million – although the true figure is likely higher, as many victims feel too embarrassed to report emotional abuse.
The most notable recent example of “romantic” scams is Tinder Swindler, a nickname given to Israel-born Simon Leviev, who pretended to be the son of a billionaire diamond dealer and tricked others. women on dating apps estimated 10 million USD.