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Romance scams trick unsuspecting victims

A Better Business Bureau study showed about a million Americans lost nearly $1 billion over the last 3 years, because of online dating romance scams. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

A victim of an online dating scam on Tuesday said singles should be cautious if someone wants to strike up an internet relationship.

Hope Haynes looked for love on the internet about 2 years ago. A scammer named Paul Dreyer pretended he wanted a relationship with Haynes for about 3 months. Haynes gave Dreyer her phone number and email address. Dreyer lost interest in Haynes when she refused to send him gift cards.

"He was kind of harassing in nature and would call me as I was going to work or even at work," she said.

The Better Business Bureau study showed about a million Americans lost nearly $1 billion over the last 3 years, because of online dating romance scams. The study recommended more action from law enforcement officers, online dating site operators and social media managers to help prevent romance scams.

“That’s disappointing when you find out that this person isn’t who you think they are," Haynes said.

Better Business Bureau spokeswoman Michelle Gleba said, “We think that law enforcement agencies should prosecute this crime more. We also think that there should be more monitoring on online social media sites and dating sites to weed out this type of scam.”

Gleba said romance scams were under reported because too many victims were too embarrassed to make a report.

Haynes wanted her story to help others.

“Don’t give out your personal information. Don’t give out your email and cell phone," she said. "Trust your gut instinct about someone.”

The Better Business Bureau study also called for more support services for romance scam victims.

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