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Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered.
A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel.
This falsified passport was used in an actual internet romance scam.
The deception can be obvious to observers — for example, the photo on this passport does not comply with regulations for size or pose — but these signs are often ignored by victims.
The money is always sent to a third party to be collected for the scammer.
In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports of more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.
Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out their sexual fantasy with the scammer.
The money and can be picked up anywhere in the world.
Some scammers may request Bitcoin as an alternative payment method.