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Modern romance scams include deep background checks, US bank accounts & organized crime rings

KTIV Sioux City IA

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - When folks are looking for love, they need to watch out for cyber criminals trying to scam them. According to FBI data, more than 19,000 Americans were victims of “romance scams” last year, totaling over $700 million in lost money.

If you act fast, there just might be a way to get your money back.

The FBI says there’s a relatively new “Internet Crime Complaint Center” that can help if the money was transferred within four or five days of reporting the scam. And these aren’t the traditional scams you might think of. The FBI agent we spoke with says this is really “organized crime,” which the FBI sometimes fights with a scam of its own.


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