November 17, 2021
Business

FBI says seniors in New Mexico hit hard by online romance scams

New Mexicans over the age of 60 lost millions to online fraud, the FBI said in a recent media alert.

In total, seniors residing in New Mexico lost more than $7 million to online fraud and scams last year, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

COVID-19 restrictions forced more older people to use the Internet to shop and socialize, exposing them to scams, the FBI said. 

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More than half of that amount – $3,880,981— was lost due to confidence fraud, which is typically in the form of romance scams, where criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites.

In a typical romance scheme, the scammer, using a fake identity, tries to quickly woo a victim by expressing strong emotions or professing an immediate connection, according to the

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