The principal group of victims is over 40 years old and divorced, widowed, elderly, or disabled, but all demographics are at risk.
Scammers use poetry, flowers, and other gifts to reel in victims, the entire time declaring their "undying love." These criminals also use stories of severe life circumstances, tragedies, deaths in the family, injuries to themselves, or other hardships to keep their victims concerned and involved in their schemes.
Victims who have agreed to meet in person with an online love interest have been reported missing, or injured, or in one instance, deceased.
IC3 complainants most often report the countries of Nigeria, Ghana, England, and Canada as the location of the scammers.
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