Romance scams are designed to pull at your heartstrings and the consequences of these scams are often financially and emotionally devastating to victims. These scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust, and then uses the illusion of a romantic relationship to manipulate or steal from the victim. The criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do and will seem genuine, caring, and believable.
Rachel Yurkovich, FBI, Management and Program Analyst
Rachel is a management and program analyst with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Kathy Waters, Co-founder/Executive Director, Advocating Against Romance Scammers
Kathy is the expert Facebook, newspapers and TV shows, congressional staff, and multiple international agencies call on for information about online romance scams. She has logged over 4,000 volunteer hours helping those whose identity has been stolen, as well as the women and men who have fallen victim to the scammers.
Bryan Denny, Co-founder, Chairman
Bryan Denny served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. In 2016, Bryan’s photos were stolen and used to build thousands of fake profiles. From mainstream social media sites to obscure dating services, he became the face of a military romance scam. Now, he is directly involved in the fight to expose scammers.
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