Perpetrating an online romance scam can lead to criminal charges in federal court. A charge of wire fraud or mail fraud for using wire service or the postal service in a wire transfer scam or any type of online romance scam can also lead to between 20 and 30 years imprisonment.
What can I do about a romance scammer?
How to report an online dating scamContact your bank right away, if youve sent money.Collect any records you have of your online relationship, including conversations and transactions.File a police report.Report the incident to: the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. the FBI at ic3.gov.5 Feb 2021
What is the punishment for online scams?
Online Fraud, Hacking and Phishing in California The maximum fine required may range from $1,000 to $10,000. Most online fraud or cyber crimes are known as “wobblers;” they may be punished as either misdemeanors or felonies. The term of imprisonment may be served in county jail for up to three years.
Can I recover money from a scammer?
Contact your bank immediately to let them know whats happened and ask if you can get a refund. Most banks should reimburse you if youve transferred money to someone because of a scam. If you cant get your money back and you think this is unfair, you should follow the banks official complaints process.