According to the DA’s office, a romance scam, also known as an online dating scam, is when a person is tricked into believing they are in a romantic relationship with someone they met online. In fact, the “other half” of the relationship is a cyber criminal using a fake identity to gain enough of the victim’s trust to ask — or blackmail — them for money. Often, the advances start on dating sites or apps. But they’ve increasingly begun on social media too.

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