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Romance internet crimes can cause heartache in Texas

Everyone needs love. This is a truism for all people in Texas and elsewhere. In most cases, love is a positive thing that changes lives and makes many people happy. However, there are some who see people's need for love and acceptance to take advantage and commit crimes such as internet crimes. This, one report says, is a whole new class of crimes that is growing. 

In one example, a Texas woman who is now the victim of internet crimes reports that she "met" a man online. After chatting with him for some time, he began to ask the woman for money for small things. Eventually, the small amounts escalated, and she reports that she gave her "lover" more than $300,000 online without ever meeting him in person. 

Those who commit internet crimes appear often to live outside of the country. They target women, over the age of fifty in many cases. They often use social media to find and attract their victims. And, the report notes, there are many victims as the numbers are growing. These types of romance internet crimes are up 20 percent over the past year.

Lonely people have always been in search of their mate. Now, some in Texas have found that that search can lead to loss and heartache. When that is the case, and internet crimes have occurred, it can be difficult to recover funds that have been lost, but in some cases that is what happens. Using the help of experienced professionals can offer a chance to recover at least the money that was lost, though the emotional challenges are much harder to repair.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "How A Billion-Dollar Internet Scam Is Breaking Hearts And Bank Accounts", Ann Brenoff, July 20, 2017

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