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Romance fraud Romeos who target your wallet

Online scammers use sophisticated manipulation and well-rehearsed scripts to con people out of cash

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Det Insp Mel Smyth of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Det Insp Mel Smyth of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Det Insp Mel Smyth of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Carla was scrolling through Instagram one day during lockdown when a good-looking man named Luke came up as a suggested person to follow.

Out of curiosity, she clicked on his profile and he promptly gave her permission. Luke messaged her almost immediately and their friendship began and quickly blossomed.


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