New Mexicans over the age of 60 lost millions to online fraud, the FBI said in a recent media alert.
COVID-19 restrictions forced more older people to use the Internet to shop and socialize, exposing them to scams, the FBI said.
More than half of that amount – $3,880,981— was lost due to confidence fraud, which is typically in the form of romance scams, where criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites.
In a typical romance scheme, the scammer, using a fake identity, tries to quickly woo a victim by expressing strong emotions or professing an immediate connection, according to the FBI’s Scams and Safety web page.
“I felt a real…