Today, the scam has moved to messaging and social media, where the new operation involves fake photos and false identities. Many victims there and elsewhere are not wealthy and must borrow the money they send to the scammers. Comedian releases novel inspired by his Irish roots. And some get angry enough at having been scammed that they fight back. Day care worker arrested after video shows her abusing toddlers, police say. Cocaine is on the rise in Europe, EU drug agency says.
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Sometimes, scammers also take advantage of disaster situations by pretending to be a victim themselves.
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Watch out for 'online romance scams,' BBB warns. Many scam victims told HuffPost that they feel Facebook is not sufficiently proactive when it comes to weeding out and blocking the fraudsters. Home Types of scams Listen.