Internet dating fraud statistics
Police said Hill told the woman he was a millionaire, and somehow convinced her to fork over ,000 to purchase a home and furnish it as well.
But after she transferred the money to Hill, he vanished and ceased all contact with her, the report said.
Police in Georgia are looking for a man they say met a woman through an online dating site, agreed to marry her within a week, scammed her out of ,000, and then left town and cut off all contact with her.
Gwinnett County police have a warrant for the arrest of John Martin Hill, 35, who is charged with theft by deception.
For those wanting to remain anonymous and perhaps receive a monetary reward up to ,000, they may contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a text with relevant information to 274637.
The Federal Trade Commission offers tips on its website on how to identify online dating scams in advance.
Michele Pihera, a spokesperson for Gwinnett police.
“Scammers can reap large rewards for time spent courting their targets,” the report states ominously, before revealing that the median reported financial loss across age groups was ,600, about seven times higher than the median loss for other types of fraud. This isn’t the first time the FTC has weighed in on online dating scams.Scammers will aim to gain your trust and friendship, and will then seek an opportunity to ask for assistance to pay for flights, medical bills etc.