June 23, 2021
Business

Spike in romance & catfish scams, reports BBB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Romance and catfishing scams are on the rise, according to officials with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Robyn Householder, BBB President and CEO, told News 2 of two romance scams already reported to them this week.

“One is both a romance scam and an imposter scam, because the fraudster is using the name and picture of a legitimate military gentleman that retired. Clearly, that’s not really who it is. The gentleman retired, I believe in 2011. But, he has just enough information from the legitimate officers social media to be able to pull his name, his rank and some of the things he’s involved with. So, he’s using that information to draw the victim in,” said Householder.

The second scam is your typical romance scam.

“The scammer has been grooming this individual for some time,…

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