A growing epidemic in the world today is the online romance scam. Generally, a victim is contacted by someone online through various social media or a legitimate dating website. The victim and the scammer create an online relationship. While the victim may become suspicious over time, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love. Eventually, the scammer will ask for help, for various reasons, involving the victim sending money. After the scammer gets all the money they can from the victim, the scammer drops communication, leaving the victim dumbfounded, hurt, confused, and out of a lot of money, which is rarely recovered.
So, what can you do if you've found yourself in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance?" You should use one of the many resources available to report this fraud.
Resources to Report an Online Romance Scam
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command As the Army's primary criminal investigative organization and DoD's premier investigative organization, CID is responsible for conducting criminal investigations in which the Army is or may be a party of interest.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center is an FBI resource to report internet crime complaints.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft resources explain how to protect your personal information and identity and how to respond if it’s stolen.
Phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261
Mailing Address: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580
Federal Trade Commission on Nigerian Scams E-mail Address: email@example.com
Public Intelligence is an international, collaborative research project aimed at aggregating the collective work of independent researchers around the globe who wish to defend the public’s right to access information.
E-mail Address to report information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Naval Criminal Investigative Service is the federal law enforcement agency charged with conducting investigations of felony-level offenses affecting the Navy and Marine Corps. NCIS also performs investigations and operations aimed at identifying and neutralizing foreign intelligence, international terrorism, and cyber threats to the Department of the Navy.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations is the federal law enforcement and investigative agency operating and conducting criminal investigations and providing counterintelligence services.
Romance Scams Website is an information and advocacy organization, with a mission to create public awareness, provide accurate information and expertise to assist in the successful demise of online romance scams and help people learn, heal, and experience a safe online environment.
Scamdex is an online resource information website geared toward providing links and contact information to report scams all over the world.