These scammers find an older woman on a dating site and establish a bond.
Often, they persuade the victim to take the conversation off the site, thereby eluding any safeguards the dating site offers.
In these scams, fraudsters call or email and say they are from an agency like the IRS.
They tell the target they owe back taxes and provide an address for them to send money.
Janey Peterson, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and lead author of the New York financial fraud study, said her mother has been a target of financial scammers multiple times in the past year.
The reasons for the seasonal lift in these scams are simple enough.
Many people, still keeping with their New Year's resolutions, are looking for love and are especially vulnerable to scammers.