In 2021, Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) warned residents about the dangers of romance scams after a local woman fell victim.

At the time, officers revealed that a scammer had used social media to seduce an elderly Fort Collins woman and steal $20,000 from her.

READ: Police Issue Warning After Fort Collins Resident Falls Victim to Romance Scam

Thankfully, FCPS was able to return her money — but these scams haven't gone away.

In a recent Facebook post, FCPS once again highlighted the prevalence of online romance scams, revealing that swindlers are on the hunt for vulnerable victims.

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"They're devious, go to great lengths to convince victims, and will carry on the relationship for weeks or months at a time," read the post. "They often look for vulnerable victims, like people who have recently lost a spouse. They get to know victims, then use everything they've learned to play the 'perfect partner.'"

The agency noted that criminals begin their scams by developing a romantic virtual relationship with a victim. After the thief feels comfortable with their connection, they'll ask the victim for money.

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So, how do you avoid these scams? FCPS says to remember the following:

  • Let trusted friends and family know when you're starting an online relationship so they can keep an eye on the situation.
  • Don't feel embarrassed about your situation — scammers are convincing.
  • Know that caring people will not guilt you into giving them money.

Find more information from FCPS about common Fort Collins scams here.

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