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  • Colleen MacFarlane

Confidence/Romance Scams

Confidence/Romance scams encompass those designed to pull on an individual’s “heartstrings”. In 2023, the IC3 received reports from 6,740 individuals over the age of 60 who experienced almost $357 million in losses to Confidence/Romance scams. Sometimes, confidence/romance scams can evolve into sextortion if the individual has provided illicit pictures to the scammer. In 2023, complainants over the age of 60 reported 3,318 sextortion

complaints with reported losses over $6 million.

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