Romance scams exploded during coronavirus pandemic

Online romance scams are thriving during the pandemic — a seemingly attractive single sends you a private message, builds an emotional bond, then asks for money. Image by athree23 from Pixabay

With all the extra time people are spending at home and clicking around the internet, online romance scams are thriving. This is when a seemingly attractive single sends you a private message, builds an emotional bond, then asks for money.

In 2020, people lost more than $300 million to their fraudulent online beaus in the U.S., which is about $100 million more than the previous year. Even though older people are more likely to fall victim to these scams, a lot of younger people fell for them too in 2020. 

Credits

Guest:
Rebecca Heilweil - reporter for Open Sourced at Vox, covering artificial intelligence, algorithms, and automation

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser