Anyone can be defrauded by a romance scam.  The information covered in this 30-minute webinar will illuminate a crime the Federal Trade Commission estimates to have resulted in losses of $1.3B in 2022.  With data shared from the 2022 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, viewers will better understand how these scams are perpetrated, who is being targeted, and the behaviors and other factors that may influence a person’s susceptibility. A first-hand account of a romance scam is told to convey the strategies used by perpetrators to gain trust and lower defenses. Valuable guidance is provided by Advocating Against Romance Scammers, a leading nonprofit in this space, and Erin West, a key prosecutor in the fight against “pig butchering,” explains this new element of a romance scam and the red flags to watch for. Watch this informative conversation to understand how anyone can be targeted, and remember to visit BBB Scam Tracker to report scams and help avoid them with an online search. 

For more information, check out the following resources:

Advocating Against Romance Scammers (nonprofit)

 Better Business Bureau

 Other Resources

    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 877-FTC- HELP
    • Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). FBI’s IC3 takes the majority of law enforcement complaints about romance fraud.
    • Scam Survivors helps romance fraud victims from around the world, with useful resources and a forum for survivors.
    • Search and/or report scams to BBB® Scam Tracker at


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