What are some Yahoo romance scams?


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Yahoo romance scams typically include scammers making up stories about their misfortune to obtain money, using the victim to send out counterfeit money, and manipulating the victim to mail blank checks or money orders to other victims. As of 2014, American victims of online romance scams lost over $87 million.

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Common stories used by scammers to demand cash or get "financial assistance" from victims are that they have been mugged or shot, they need money for a sick relative, or they lost company money and need cash to cover payroll. Some red flags to watch out for include usernames that consists of love or sympathy-related terms, such as "lonelysara" or "honestandlonely4u," questionable dating profile descriptions, and discrepancies in messages.

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